A French lieutenant at Verdun who was later killed by an artillery shell wrote in his diary on 23 May 1916:
“Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad!”
An estimate in 2000 found a total of 714,231 casualties, 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties for each month of the battle. It was the longest and one of the most costly battles in human history; other recent estimates increase the number of casualties to 976,000. (source: Wikipedia)
300 days of continuous fighting, 60 million shells fell on a small area of only 20 km2, more than 300 000 deaths, French and German, nearly 400,000 wounded … These figures show the intensity of the Battle of Verdun. Trenches, communication trenches and shell holes are still visible. Many military cemeteries and ruins also remember this tragic history.
Full Day Tour
The Battle of the Frontiers in Gaume – from 22 to 26 August 1914
“L’ennemi sera attaqué partout où on le rencontrera” (Joffre).
Rossignol – 22 August 1914
Virton Bellevue : Franco-German Cemetery
Virton : free time for a (quick) lunch
The Great Retreat – 24 August 1914
Direction Verdun, via Montmédy (27 August 1914)
The Battle of Verdun – the apocalypse from 21 February 2016 to 19 December 2016
The Bois des Caures and Colonel Driant
Beaumont – one of the destroyed villages
Nine villages around Verdun will be completely destroyed and never rebuilt: Beaumont, Bezonvaux, Cumières, Douaumont, Fleury, Haumont, Louvemont, Ornes, Vaux.
. The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
. The Fort of Douaumont
. The Trench of the Bayonets
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