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Remembered Today:

Another attempt to storm Fort Douaumont


Christina Holstein
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I think the steel plate was meant to be horizontal during shelling and if it was, it would give a small amount of shelter. I agree that it's a puzzle. I can only suggest that by the time it was built the front had been pushed sufficiently far back for the French to feel that it wasn't in much danger anyway. I don't know at what period of 1917 it was built but there may have been an element of morale-boosting in it's construction.

Christina

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  • 2 weeks later...

Interesting. Thanks, Christina.

Robin

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