Tranchée des Baïonnettes
Tranchée des Baïonnettes
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Lots of whiney reviews about this site. As others have said, if you have no imagination or prefer to play with your phone, then just don't bother coming here. If you appreciate history and have respect for the fallen, then absolutely visit this site. The site itself is steeped in history and lore, namely French military lore, and for good reason. The legend is that 22+ soldiers were standing the watch getting ready to "go over the top" (i.e. climb out of the trenches and charge across no man's land) when their position was completely inundated by artillery fire and they died where they stood. The legend holds they're still standing at attention beneath the earth you see, waiting for the whistle to go over the top and charge the enemy. Time and vandals have claimed much of what the site once looked like. It was not long after WWI that a veteran walking through the area came across numerous bayonets and rifle muzzles protruding out of the earth and realized these were his fellow soldiers - buried alive during the horrors of the battle for Verdun. Now, you can see the rifle muzzles and bayonets of just a few remaining - each is encased in a small square concrete slab. You'll have to bend down and take a close look. Then....it hits you. You're staring at the rifle of a soldier who died right in front of you during the battle and remains buried at your feet to no fanfare.

If you need placards, read the ones out front before entering, or read about it online before coming here. Most French citizens can speak to the site and have a deep appreciation for it. It remains sacred to many of France, so show respect. Per one of the plaques on entry, the memorial was in part commissioned by the Americans as a tribute to their French brothers in arms.

It's a moving site for those with a adult's level of emotional intelligence. If you require a Disney type setting to understand history, please go to Euro Disney outside Paris for the rides and shows, and kindly leave sacred sites like this to those who treasure history and the sacrifices of our forefathers.

Free parking on site by the site of the road, no charge for admission, but access is controlled so check ahead for opening hours.
Written 9 August 2023
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R8011905
Cambridgeshire, UK224 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Was not to sure what to expect and just looks when you get up to itlike a big bunker. Youcan see the graves marked underneath. Easy parking. Twenty minutes to look around.There
Written 11 May 2023
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JonD2
Greer, SC164 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Whether you believe the story that a regiment was buried here with their bayonets sticking up through the earth, there is nothing to see here now except some planted crosses.

I would highly recommend you visit nearby Fort Douaumont as a richer more genuine experience of the battlefield.
Written 23 July 2022
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Dilbertfan
Surrey, UK443 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
There is really very little to see: it is largely left to the imagination. There is no charge for entry.
Written 4 November 2021
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Nathan T
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
No English subtitles. Small parking lot on the side of the road. If we would have looked we could have stayed parked at the main memorial and dinner a walk through the woods. Based on the map it looks like less than half a kilometer from the cemetery/main memorial.
Written 3 July 2020
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iWiebe
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The first memorial where you come upon when you follw the D913 from Bras-sur-Meuse. It's o moving place when taking into account the horrific events tat have taken place here. The bajonets are long gone, still you can see the tips of the rifles protruding just above the ground, the soldiers are still there.
Written 3 February 2020
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ebdeervalley
Park City, UT149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
easy parking ,short walk , no charge ....no reason to be critical of this preserved site of this terrible battle
Written 12 January 2020
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Lord Fin de Siecle
Vallejo, CA38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Some bad reviews here because people are expecting bayonets sticking out of the mud. Based on the name.

When first discovered there were still some quite long rusted bayonet pieces attached to the rifles. Sadly these are long gone although I have been unable to find out what happened to them..

This site became famous and symbolic of the horror and sacrifice of war as well as a patriotic symbol and was heavily visited in 1920s and 1930s at a time when there was little control.

(In fact a popular weekend pastime in the 1920s was to visit battlefields where local "guides" would dig up artifacts for you as souvenirs (often fake).

But what you are looking at now are the metal tips of the rifles protruding a couple inches just above ground.

These are now level surrounded by a pool of protective concrete to stabilize them and frankly prevent the hordes of selfie stick goons, who infect the world and hold nothing sacred, taking them as souvenirs.

The remains of the soldiers are under the guns in the bottom of the encased trench. This is not myth. The history of this French regiment and their fate is well documented.

It's still incredibly moving if you have any kind of soul.

Definitely visit.
Written 18 October 2019
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Barry J
156 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Interesting story that I heard about since childhood. Displays explain the site, but as near as I could tell, the bayonets have been removed. Not much to see.
Written 27 September 2019
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mike r
Colac, Australia149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This will not take long to visit but takes a long time to understand. An interesting story and a very somber monument. Worth stopping but no roses to smell.
Written 18 September 2019
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