Friday, January 4, 2019

The Battle of Verdun France

The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle in recent history, which began 21 February and extended until 15 December 1916.

The city of Verdun is located on the River Meuse. The Germans has gained control of the high ground on the east side of the river.

The plan of attack was devised by German Chief of Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn. The attack, following bombrdment, was led by Crown Prince Whilhelm. The plan was supposed to quickly take the French out of the war before the British Empire could become fully engaged. But later in the year, the British drew German troops away to the Battle of the Somme.

The nearby Verdun Memorial Museum was modernised, expanded, and reopened in 2016, which was the centenary of the First World War battle.

Visitors can view artefacts from the battlefield and learn the history of the Battle of Verdun in the context of the War.

The French and their allies held their ground despite the use of gas.

A marker reminds visitors of the crucial supply line along the Voie Sacrée.

Dioramas attempt to help visitors glimpse the battlefield terrain.

A simple plane represents the changes coming to modern warfare.

Not far away is the impressive hilltop American Memorial to the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

The Battle of Verdun included fighting at Fort Douamont and Vaux on the right bank. Many are buried at the Douaumont Ossuary and cemetery.


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