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(by Michael Seitz)

After a long time with planning our trip to the Figure Competition in Antwerp, we started in the early morning of the 9th April 2007. The first part of our journey would bring us to Verdun – the well-known WWI battlefield. We are Jürgen Nirschl, Markus Eckmann and Michael Seitz – from Bavaria, Germany.

After a few short breaks, we arrived at Verdun at lunchtime. Verdun is a normal little town, with lots of shops and super markets. The only thing that made us realize this town was involved into the war, have been some shorter soldiers cemeteries.

The battlefield itself is outside of the town on a hill, to where we drove by car. This was the time our feelings changed. It was this area where our ancestors fought for every meter of the terrain.

We first stopped at the Memorial of Andre Maginot. From there we had an excellent view over the area and to the Tombs House.

Then we went to the Fleury Memorial. This Museum is one point of the 3-corner which marks the death zone of the battlefield. The other two points are Fort Vaux and Fort Douaumont. In this area the battle was extremly horrible.

The Museum opens its doors at 2 pm, so we had some time and visited the tombs house…

The 137 metre long cloister, with each tomb showing a precise area of the Battle of Verdun where the bodies were recovered and the shield where the flame of remembrance burns on ceremonial days. The tombs house the remains of 130,000 unidentified soldiers, where the families can come to gather their thoughts and pray for the dead. Each engraved stone represents the name of a missing soldier.

Then we started a short expedition into the area. When you walk through the area this times, you can see how much this landscape was damaged during the war. And we also found some pieces in the forest – some of them should not be touched.

Finally we went back to the Museum, which we left at 16.30.

Setting off in the early hours of the morning

About the Author

About Markus Eckmann (MarkusE)

Hello Friends, here are my Bio/Backround: Born 16.11.1968 in Ingolstadt/Bavaria/Germany. I´m married since 1998 and I live in Roßhaupten - that is near Castle Neuschwanstein - about ten minutes by car. I have a son (7 years old) and a daughter (4 years old). I´m a Physiotherapist and a profess...


Great!!! Thanks, I enjoyed seeing all the photos.
MAR 22, 2007 - 03:52 PM
Thanks for the photos and story, I felt I was there.
MAR 22, 2007 - 04:59 PM
I felt I was there and I should be there in the folowing years. Thanks a lot Markus, Jürgen and Michael.
MAR 22, 2007 - 06:56 PM
Hello Friends, I only can speak for me, but I wanted to thank you all very much for your kind words !! I really appreciate your feedbacks and it is a real pleasure to hear that some of you have been able to feel the spirit of this trip. Jürgen, Michi and me have become a real good team and the next journeys are planned. The first will be a trip to Athens - I will come with Jürgen...Michi is too busy.... My best wishes, Markus
MAR 23, 2007 - 01:09 AM
Hi Markus, Jürgen & Michi Thanks again for sharing your road trip with us. I especially liked the photo of our 2 HF boys But (and excuse the pun) I have to ask what the story is behind (again please excuse the unavoidable pun) this photo???? Looks like it was a full moon that night Rudi
MAR 23, 2007 - 01:40 AM
Rudi you are really a funny Guy....Jürgen took this photo just wehen I had to change my trousers (I forgot to sensor this pic ).... ...this was the moment I prepared myself for our tour through the woods.... About the pic that shows Gino and me: I thought you wanted to photoshop yourselfe into this pic? We are waiting.... Take care, Markus
MAR 23, 2007 - 01:52 AM
I do think however that Rudi here has got a tremendous advantage over you guys in terms of dressing up for a modeling fair
MAR 23, 2007 - 03:06 AM
As Rudi did in Antwerpen,do we have to go model shows in black suits from now on? great job again mon frere ... Markus ..so good to know Jürgen will also be in Athens.
MAR 23, 2007 - 03:14 AM
@JB: Wow, JB you really a sorcerer !!!! @Rudi: That is really hard stuff....don`t you think that you are a little bit overdressed for a figure show? @Engin: Jürgen and me are looking forward to meet you and the rest of the Gang at Athens !!!! We count the days... Take care, Markus
MAR 23, 2007 - 03:44 AM
I was confused... I thought it was a theme party.... I came a Bond, James Bond [cue music here] Nice one JB
MAR 27, 2007 - 06:33 PM