Like Fort Douaumont, Fort Vaux was one of a series of forts near Verdun, constructed after the Franco-Prussian War in order to ensure the area could be defended against any future attack. It was constructed mainly between 1881 and 1884, although addtional strenthening work was caried out in about 1899.
One can walk around the top of the fort and as at Fort Douaumont there are excellent views over the surrounding countryside.
There is a large parking area near to the Fort, and on the front of the fort are plaques with inscriptions. One commemorates a carrier pigeon sent out by the Fort commander, Major Raynal, when the Germans were attacking the Fort in June 1916. The pigeon deliverd his message to Verdun but then died and was decorated for gallantry.
It is posible to visit the interior of the Fort, but unfortunately on the day I visited I arived in the evening, after closing time. Although I missed seeing the interior, I was fortunate to have fantastic summer everning sunlight, and I took a number of photos of the outside of the Fort and the surroundings, and these can be seen below.
Sources & Acknowledgements
Christina Holstein: Fort Douaumont
Major & Mrs. Holt: Battlefield Guide to the Western Front South