The Douaumont ossuary is a memorial containing the skeletal remains of soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. It is located in Douaumont, France, within the Verdun battlefield. It was built on the initiative of Charles Ginisty, Bishop of Verdun. It has been designated a "nécropole nationale", or "national cemetery".
During the 300 days of the Battle of Verdun approximately 230,000 men died out of a total of 700,000 casualties . The battle became known in German as Die Hölle von Verdun , or in French as L'Enfer de Verdun, and was conducted on a battlefield covering less than 20 square kilometers .
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