The Beauty of Verdun – A Century Later by Drone

Drones are a huge boon to the filmmaking world. Coupled with high-quality small cameras, drones can and do capture breathtaking footage of the world’s modern-day events. I would say there has not been a writer’s event that I have been to where there has not been a drone. The steady hum reassures us that all is being captured from above.

Drones also have a significance in being able to go where often their human pilots cannot. In a poignant example, drones are being used to check on the various World War 1 battlefields throughout France, which still bears the scars of the Great War. Those scars do heal, which Gautheir Lefebvre has captured using drones on the vicious fields of Verdun and Fort Duoamont.

To this day, nature has not fully reclaimed the battlefield. Trenches still snake through the landscape and foxholes created by constant shelling stand as a real-world example of the horrors of The Great War. Fort Douaumont still stands, destroyed on the outside, but still very much intact today, the final resting place of thousands.

For those curios about the battle, The Great War is cataloged in detail by The Great War. Over 100 years ago, the Germans launched a massive offensive to bleed France dry. It almost succeeded and its clear by the footage, France is still healing from it.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    If you ever get the chance I recommend touring the catacombs in Paris as well.

    • Anonymoose

      I took my girlfriend there back in 2010.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sounds like a keeper if shes into that type of thing. Paris is a cool town.

        • Anonymoose

          She was, but her parents didn’t like her dating a moose.

          • Slim934


          • TheNotoriousIUD


    • What was so great about Nice? Cool city I heard.

      • TheNotoriousIUD


  • nova3930

    If you want some insight into how ridiculously horrific WWI was, I’d recommend Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast and his 6 part Blueprint for Armageddon. The scale and brutality of the slaughter is simply mind blowing….

    • B-Sabre

      Was about to mention this. He talked about an early battle that nobody even remembers now (the battle for the Ardennes) where the French lost like 50,000 casualties in a couple of days. That would be like every soldier at Ft Hood, TX (III Corps and the garrison) being killed or wounded….

      • nova3930

        The rate at which people became casualties in WWI is absolutely astounding. On average the British were losing something like 15k men a week, dead, wounded and missing. The absolute intersection of 19th century tactics with 20th century weapons technology.

        The section that sticks with me is his description of the Battle of Passchendaele and the bottomless thick mud. There was one account some soldiers passed a guy who had stepped off the duck boards into a shell hole, sank up to his waist and gotten stuck. They tried to get him out and failed. When they passed back by the guy had suck to his shoulders and had “lost his mind.”

        • B-Sabre

          I’d substitute “terrifying” for “astounding”, but I agree completely…

  • TDog

    Verdun: because what else were a close to half a million people gonna do other than live out the rest of their lives?

  • Hardwood83

    I’ve enjoyed “The Great War” youtube series (Verdun episode above). I’m about half way to current and have been entertained (you know what I mean) and learned a lot. They also periodically have specials about the guns of the respective armies. Good stuff.

  • UCSPanther

    The battlefields of Verdun, Somme, Flanders and Gallipolli are just several places where early 20th century history was written in blood.

  • Tim

    ‘The Great War’ is an awesome u-tube channel. Once you start, you won’t stop.

  • datimes

    I have been following The Great War for some time. It documents weekly developments in the conflict. Very interesting viewing if you are interested in history.

  • Spidouz

    Little correction, it’s “Fort Douaumont”
    Also: I did visit Verdun many times, as well as Normandy beaches, and it’s really impressive places to visit to measure history.