The Battle of Verdun

Come explore and find out about the Battle of Verdun!

Sydney and Desirae


Date: 21-feb to 20-dec of 1916 ( 9 months, 3 weeks and 6 days)

Location: Sur- Meuse, France

Winner: French won

Casualties: German (143,000 out of 337,000 ) French ( 162,440 out of 377,231)

Generals in charge of each side: German- Von Falkenhayn French- Philippe Petain

Well known people: Joseph Joffre, Robert Nivelle, Charles Mangin, Max Von der Marwitz, Crown Prince Wilhelm, Ewald Von Lochow

Short story of Verdun

A French soldier describes the horrors of a bombardment: ...When you hear the whistling in the distance your entire body preventively crunches together to prepare for the enormous explosions. Every new explosion is a new attack, a new fatigue, a new affliction. Even nerves of the hardest of steel, are not capable of dealing with this kind of pressure. The moment comes when the blood rushes to your head, the fever burns inside your body and the nerves, numbed with tiredness, are not capable of reacting to anything anymore. It is as if you are tied to a pole and threatened by a man with a hammer. First the hammer is swung backwards in order to hit hard, then it is swung forwards, only missing your scull by an inch, into the splintering pole. In the end you just surrender. Even the strength to guard yourself from splinters now fails you. There is even hardly enough strength left to pray to God....

Summary of Verdun

In 1916, World War 1, The Battle of Verdun was the longest single battle. 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 Battle of Verdun started on February 21st 1916 and ended on December 16th in 1916. It was to make General Philippe Pétain a hero in France.
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Directions and places to stay by verdun

Directions: Find a map or ask someone around you. 8th avenue de la victoire 55100

Places to stay: Hostellerie du coq hardi , Ibis budget Verdun, Le prunellia,

Where to eat: Chez mamie, Creprie le gracier, Auberge de la tour

Other: visit the Kings lock inn (very beautiful :)

Fun things to do in verdun.

5 most popular places to go when visiting Verdun.

1.)American cemetery

2.)Fort Douamumont

3.) Fort debates ( where some slept )

4.) mort- humme ( statue of verdun )

5.) 100 year old trenches where you can still find gun shells.

There is not a specific time to go, but preferably in the summer time so you can stay out longer and enjoy the view and amazing places to eat. :)