The Battle of Verdun 1916 | W.U Hstry

The Battle of Verdun is one of the costliest battles in history. It exemplified the policy of a ‘war of attrition’ pursued by both sides, which led to an enormous loss of life. The battle lasted from February 21st 1916 to December 16th in 1916. This was the longest single battle of World War One. 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.

The attack on Verdun came about due to the plan of the German Chief of General Staff, von Falkenhayn. He wanted to ‘bleed France white’ by launching a massive German attack on the narrow stretch of land surrounding Verdun that had historical sentiment for the French. This area around Verdun contained twenty major forts and forty smaller ones that had protected the eastern border of France in the past and had been modernised in the early years of the Twentieth Century. Falkenhayn believed that the French simply could not allow…

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3 thoughts on “The Battle of Verdun 1916 | W.U Hstry

  1. I have read a lot about this battle, and the defence of the forts there. All battles are hellish, but this rates as one of the worst in history. I recall a reading a figure that suggested almost every French unit served on this front at some time during that war. And the Germans suffered too, in their quest to win there. Not unlike an early version of Stalingrad.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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