Dead Man’s Hill 1914-1918

This Walk brings you to the double Summit of Dead Man’s Hill starting at the Jump-off-line where the Germans started their Assault from in March 1916

The battle of Verdun already started on February 21 1916. But the assault on the Western bank of the Meuse River had been launched on March 6, nearly two weeks later. There hadn’t been any surprise to the French defenders and for that, the Germans suffered a lot from the strong resistance. It took them nine days of heavy fights to take the Northern Summit on March 14.

After a quieter period, the next large-scaled German attack took place in the second half of May 1916. The successful final push on May 20 brought the Germans on top of the Southern summit of Dead Man’s Hill. Very soon it came to a stalemate between the French and German forces also on the Western bank.

In 1917 a large French offensive throw the Germans back to their jump-off-line West of the Meuse River. The American Meuse-Argonne offensive led to the last heavy fights in that area and ended with the Armistice on November 11 1918.

The journey is depending on your availability and your ideas. It could take from six hours to several days. The most interesting part is the walk from the Forges Forest to the Southern summit of Dead Man’s Hill on the footsteps of the advancing German troops.