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Verdun.

Discussion in 'History & Literature' started by zippy, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. zippy

    zippy The friendly Fascist

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    100 years anniversary yesterday of the first day of the battle of Verdun.

    250,000 dead, 500,000 wounded, missing in ten months of hell.

    The Germans called it the bone mill, division after division fed in and wiped out.

    RIP to the young men of France and Germany.

    To this day the battlefield is cratered from the massive artillery bombardment, woods and forests are off limits, the very earth poisoned by gas and phosphor shells. Still full of human remains and weapons.
     

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  2. Adam

    Adam Are you cereal?

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    I wondered why I saw an article on the BBC about it earlier.

    It's an exhausting battle to hear somebody talk about at length, it's madness and carnage on a scale that's impossible to imagine. I'd like to think battles like Verdun would dispel the myth that the French are historic cowards, it's crazy talk when you look at the courage and determination of the French to endure the insane casualties month after month.
     
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    The Ossuary in the first picture.

    is just an experience the memorial is basically a cemetery it has the bones of at least 130,000 French and German Soldiers from the war.


    it's one of the big reasons that we won the war, the French were at breaking point in 1916 had they lost Verdun they would have lost the people as well..
     
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    The British Commonwealth forces along with French were lined up against the Germans when news came through of a German advance at Verdun, whereupon French troops left to face them leaving British and Commonwealth troops in the Somme.

    My understanding is that Verdun was even more bloody than the Somme, carnage for carnage sake. Marshall Petain the " Hero of Verdun" would be later in 1945 sentenced to death by a French court for collaboration with the Germans during the Second World War, it was never carried out but commuted to life in prison
     
  5. Adam

    Adam Are you cereal?

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    The French did withdraw troops to Verdun out of necessity so their role became a supporting one on the Somme with the British/Commonwealth troops leading the attack. The French still suffered over 200,000 casualties though and the objective of the Somme offensive changed to take pressure off the French at Verdun and prevent the Germans withdrawing any troops to the east to counter Brusilov.

    Verdun is crazy because it went on for 9 months. By the end of which the Germans were almost as badly mangled as the French. It's one of those *battles* that is absolutely impossible to examine without getting lost with so many smaller battles along the front over such a long period of time.
     

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