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Vintage Souvenir de Verdun Ashtray

Vintage Souvenir de Verdun Ashtray

$48.00

Every November 11th, the world stops and pays tribute to the countless lives lost during the many armed conflicts around the world. The holiday began as Armistice Day and originally was a day to honor the perished soldiers from World War I - the "war to end all wars", which cost an estimated 40 million lives. While there are no more survivors to share their stories first-hand, WWI sights and memorials scattered across Europe, especially in France and Belgium, do their best to keep the devastation from fading from memory.

Perhaps the most powerful WWI sightseeing experience is located about 140 miles east of Paris at the battlefields of Verdun. It was here in 1916 that roughly 300,000 lives were lost in what's known as the Battle of 300 Days and Nights. The longest single battle of World War I, it left the landscape barren for decades. Today, the traces of war are buried under thick forests, the soldiers' vast network of communication trenches overgrown — and haunted by their ghosts.

From the sobering town of Verdun, a vintage souvenir ashtray commemorating those many lives lost and featuring an embossed image of the haunting Douaumont Ossuary - the tomb of unknown French and German soldiers who perished in Verdun's muddy trenches. Officially inaugurated in 1927, the remains of about 130,000 soldiers are laid to rest in the Douaumont Ossuary. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. Circa 1930. 5.5" x 3.75". *Historic copy courtesy Rick Steves' Europe

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