Battle of Verdun begins

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Battle of Verdun begins

Postby admin » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:32 am

On this day — February 21, 1916
Battle of Verdun begins
World War I's battle at Verdun, in France, begins with Germany's massive heavy artillery array inspiring their confidence in winning the engagement quickly. The battle's 303 days and 714,000 casualties will prove them wrong.

The Battle of Verdun, fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916, was one of the largest and longest battles of the First World War on the Western Front between the German and French armies. The battle took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse in north-eastern France. The German 5th Army attacked the defences of the Région Fortifiée de Verdun and those of the French Second Army on the right bank of the Meuse. Inspired by the experience of the Second Battle of Champagne the year before, the Germans planned to rapidly capture the Meuse Heights, providing them with an excellent defensive position that would also allow them to bombard Verdun with observed artillery fire. The Germans hoped that the French would commit their strategic reserve to recapture the position and suffer catastrophic losses in a battle of attrition, as the Germans would have a tactical advantage.
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