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Kait O’Connor Dr. CookHistory of Belgium 6 August 2014Word Count: 648Verdun On August 4, we went to see Verdun and Bouillon. Our first stop was in Verdun. Verdun is in France and everything was in French. Upon arrival, we saw a nice old piece of what lookedlike something that could have been part of a castle. We then made our way over to a monument for World War I. Climbing to the top of the monument, we saw the town. It looks very much like Leuven in that it is nice and small. After lunch, we made our way to Fort Douaumont. The fort was French and completion of the fort was shortly before the first war began. The fort was meant to hold eight hundred soldiers; however, there were times when the fort held over three thousand. The land surrounding the fort was flat land before the war. Now, as we approach the fort,the remnants of trenches and the evidence of shelling is present in the land. The fort was coveredwith land, but due to massive shelling, parts of the fort can be seen. A moat used to surround the fort; yet now, all that remains of the moat is a ditch.