Romagne ’14 -’18


This heart-rending museum, which, in the words of owner Jean-Paul de Vries, is all about ‘life stories’ and ‘the human being behind the helmet’. Artefacts are shown in the state in which they were found – rust, dirt and all. The museum is a 40-minute drive northwest of Verdun via the D964 and D123.

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