La Main de Massiges
La Main de Massiges
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Kelly B
Iowa5,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We drove to these trenches after visiting the museum in Verdun (about a 30 minute drive).

There’s no admission fee; you park alongside the road and start exploring. We had the entire place to ourselves for the first half hour, and then another car load of people rolled up. You can climb down in the trenches, walk through them, and walk above them. It was amazing and surreal.
Written 7 November 2023
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MicKades
Washington DC, DC26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Yes, this place is a little hard to find, but worth it. You are able to walk the trenches, see the various cut-outs all with original furniture. Until I visited, I never fully understood just how easy it was to get lost in trenches or loose all sense of where you were going. Verdun and the Somme give one a sense of the immensity and destruction of WWI, La Main de Massiges gives you the granular feel of trench life and trench warfare.
Written 26 May 2021
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LFW173
Washington, DC97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
These excavated trenches are on private land. Use Google Maps as others have recommended and then follow the signs. By the time we stopped here, we had already visited battlefield sites in the Somme, at Ypres and around Verdun. This was, by far, the most interesting and realistic. Because there is little vegetation growing around the excavations, you have a better feel for what it might have been like - absent the gunfire.

Visitors can climb down into the trenches and explore the whole area at their own pace. It would not be accessible to anyone with mobility issues.

We are so impressed with the volunteers and professionals who maintain this place and make it available. On the day we visited, there was a small group of French army officers still taking in lessons after 100 years.
Written 8 June 2019
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Magnus M
Gran Municipality, Norway80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Two words: Google Maps. Found this open air “museum” (cause its apparentlynot really considered a museum) by simply tapping the location on Google Maps and following the GPS. GM decided to send us up the “back road” though, but on the way down we found several signs showing the way up, so not sure how people get lost..

In any case, I got this place recommended by the guy behind the Battles of the First World War, when I asked for a location which still had the trenches more or less intact. And it sure does! The land is (like I assume most farmland around Verdun is) private, so hence this location is private and not operated by a regional or national museum. Its free to visit, but an emphasis on respectful conduct while visiting is requested.

And what a site it is! The original trenches, dugouts and shell craters have been excavated, remains have been found and untold number of duds, bottles, crates, shoes etsc have been found also. You can walk among in the trenches, into dugouts, some which are quite big, look at the fortified concrete artillery observation post and generally get a real good feel about how life on the front must have been.

I think you’d be hard pressed not to add this site onto your list of Verdun sites to be seen. The signs are all in french, but you get the general gist. Tourgroups and groupings larger than 10 are requested to make an appointment before hand. Solo or with a family can come as they wish.
Written 11 August 2018
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vollyjudith
Manchester116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
These trenches have been preserved more or less as they were left in 1918. It takes your breath away to realise the conditions the soldiers had to endure. However much you read about the trenches, the actuality is so much more shocking to see what their living and fighting conditions were like. You can see tiny shelters dug into the side of the trench still with the little metal stove, the cutlery, the mess cans. The organisation which looks after this area do a wonderful job of preserving what was there in the war. What is really fascinating is that at different times the trenches were under German control, or under French control. The fact that from time to time even now, remains of soldiers, both French and German, are found, makes the reality and the horror of war so much more vivid.
Written 21 July 2018
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oldbarney1
Centennial, CO219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Kudos to the individuals who spend significant time keeping this record of history intact. The trenches seem to make up about a kilometer of the original French trenches. The facility made it very easy to understand the nightmare of the war. The sites are still intact where you can see out onto the field (no man's land). There are many structures still in place within the trenches. Bomb divots are still intact around the trenches from being shelled by German guns. We saw at least 4 areas where bodies were uncovered over the last 15 years. The curators do a great job keeping the respect of the site while providing an education for those interested in WWI.
Written 16 June 2018
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peter n
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
It is the only place on the Western Front that's totally un sanitised, if the soldiers return today they would recognise the location as it has not changed. The nearest thing to time
travel. A must if you are on the way or returning from Verdun.
Written 19 November 2017
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Yannick M
Saint Louis, France316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
A place of history you have to see when travelling in the East. Much has been written about it. I can simply add that it will be a good experience for kids and teens. What is also an interesting fact is local archeologists keep digging and finding objects or "bodies". Evenso there is no guided tour, you might meet with a local gentleman who will tell you all about it, if speking french.
Written 6 September 2017
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Chris24804766
Fareham, Hampshire279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Took a detour on the way to Verdun to see this place. Despite it being the most inaccessible and unsignposted spot you can imagine, it was truly worth the hassle of reaching it. We had the place to ourselves for a whole hour. Painstaking work has gone into the restoration of this tiny part of the front line. The chalky ground and lack of grass and trees gives a very good insight into what it must have been like to live in the trenches - on a quiet sunny summers day of course!
Highly recommended.
Written 5 August 2017
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dianne m
manchester476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
This place has the most huge restored trench system ever, bigger than any other I've ever seen and restored to an incredible standard. This is closer to stepping back 100 years than anywhere else on the western front. Unmissable. You'll need transport though because it truly is in the middle of totally nowhere. There are no facilities either.
Written 7 July 2017
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