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Where a French Garrison Made a Heroic Defence: Vaux Fort

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A HISTORIC POSITION IN THE GREAT BATTLEFIELD OF VERDUN : THE FORT OF VAUX, SBN PR.OM THE SOUTH-WEST.


WHERE THE GERMANS HAVE FIRED DIIURABLE SHES: : CORNER OF VAUX FORT, SHOWING HUGE BLOCKS OF COUCRETE SHATTIFRDD


The defence of Vau. Fort, one of the outlying French poitions near Vordon, by the heroic garrison under Major Raynal, will remain as one of the meeot gorious eploits in that great battle, and, as one writer puts it, “a supreme example of the grit and doggedness of Frane.” In one month, it was estimated, the Germans fred into the iort and its immediate surroundings many khundred of heavy shell every day, and towards the end the number was ireaed. The fort itself was competety warod by the explosions, great oncrete blocks be shattered into fragmets. Time and again


German infanty a mault were repded with sevue lmses t the enW. But eea the ittle grriso could hold out no longer. ajer Rayna’s last m ge ran : “We we reaching the limits. Officers and m hae doneall their duty. e La Franm I ” On June 6 French airman oberved reat columns of smink and emplisien In the feet, and on the 7th the Germans announcd its captme. It has been pointed out that, although Vans was a good observation station ever the Woeere, it ws not a vital point in the Verdun defences, being only a spplementary work to thse of Sonrille.



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Issue 4028. - Vol CXLIX

Jul, 01 1916

Illustrated London News