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France: Monument le Mort-Homme

Architect: G. Froment-Meurice
Location: Mort-Homme, France

On the top of a hill, much burrowed into by tunnelling as well as heavily shelled in the aptly named Fôret de Mort-Homme (the scene of ferocious fighting during the defence of Verdun in 1916- 17) is the extraordinary Monument le Mort-Homme. Unveiled in 1922, a triumphant figure of Death rises above a base bearing the legend: “Ils n’ont pas passé”. The sculptor was G. Froment-Meurice.

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