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Battle of Verdun

 

The Battle of Verdun is regarded as one of the most devastating battles of the First World war.

 

The Battle of Verdun Began on February 21st 1916 and continued until the 18th December 1916.

 

The long hard battle is thought to have claimed between 700,000 to almost a million lives during the 10 month battle between the Germans and the French.

 

The offensive code named "Judgement" was due to be launched on February 12th but due to poor weather conditions the offensive was delayed for a week.

 

The offence finally started on 21st February with 10 hours of heavy artillery fire on on hilly terrain north of the city of Verdun-sur-Meuse in north-eastern France.

 

For the first time during the campaign the Germans used Flamethrowers to clear the French Trenches.

 

The German objective was to cause as much damage to the French army and capture the city of Verdun but in the End the Germans suffered as many casualties as the French Army.

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