Sculpture of a French poilu or soldier, carved from a tree trunk, at the site of a crater where the remains of 26 French soldiers were discovered in 2013. The crater was originally a building in the village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont, Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France, which was completely destroyed in the Battle of Verdun in World War One. Prior to the war the village had 400 inhabitants but found itself on the front line, was destroyed and never rebuilt. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Sculpture of a French poilu or soldier, carved from a tree trunk, at the site of a crater where the remains of 26 French soldiers were discovered in 2013. The crater was originally a building in the village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont, Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France, which was completely destroyed in the Battle of Verdun in World War One. Prior to the war the village had 400 inhabitants but found itself on the front line, was destroyed and never rebuilt. Picture by Manuel Cohen

Copyright © Manuel Cohen

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