World War I: The Battle of Verdun Begins

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World War I: The Battle of Verdun Begins

The world war-I is one of the most terrifying moment or time in the history of mankind. Hundred and thousands of lives were lost in this battle. Many cities were ruined by the inventions of the man. Many were injured and many were left homeless. One of the major battles in this war was the battle of Verdun.

The battle of Verdun was the longest battle in World war I. The battle of Verdun started in the 21st February 1916. The casualties from Verdun and the impact the battle had on the French Army was a primary reason for the British starting the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 in an effort to take German pressure off of the French at Verdun.  It lasted for 10 months from 21st February to 18th December. The battle was fought on the western front in between the army of German and France. It took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse in northeastern France and hence known as “The Battle of Verdun”.

As soon as the battle started the battle resulted in heavy losses on both sides. Falkenhayn who was the chief of staff of German army, famously admitted that he did not aim to take the city quickly and decisively but to bleed the French white, even if it meant an increased number of German casualties. Within four days of the start of the bombardment on the Meuse, the French forward divisions had suffered over 60 percent casualties. German losses were almost as heavy.

With a German death toll of 143,000 (out of 337,000 total casualties) and a French one of 162,440 (out of 377,231), Verdun would come to signify, more than any other battle, the grinding, bloody nature of warfare on the Western Front during World War I.

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