Battle Rages in Verdun
A Million Casualties in 10 Month Fight
A Bloody Battle on the Western Front
The Germans used phosphene gas in the battle. They were able to defeat several smaller French forts near the main fort at Verdun, but they were not able to break through the French lines. Distractions on the eastern front and at the Battle of the Somme took German forces away from Verdun at important moments to give the French forces a chance to regroup.
By December when the fighting ended, the French had more than 500,000 casualties, while the Germans had more than 400,000. There was no clear winner of the battle of Verdun and the battle did not have a major effect on the outcome of the war.
The Verdun Fort
This shows the fort at Verdun from above.
Map of the Battle
This map shows where the Battle of Verdun was fought.
Soldiers at the Battle of Verdun
This photo shows soldiers wearing gas masks using a machine gun at the battle.