The Ravin du Génie

The Ravin du Génie

The Ravin du Génie is situated about fifteen kilometres from Verdun alongside the Route de la Haute-Chevauchée, in the northern part of the Lachalade forest. This site was occupied by the 1st engineers' regiment, which played a key role in mine warfare in Argonne. It was used to store engineering materials and equipment (caves ideal for storing ammunition, gunpowder and explosives, cement, etc.) and as living quarters for the men (kitchen, dormitories, etc.). It was blown up by the Americans in 1918 to prevent the Germans trying to occupy it, and after that it remained untouched for almost a century. The Ravin du Génie was unique in the way it collected, filtered and stored water to distribute to the combat zones. The site has recently been restored and an open air museum opened in June 2015

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