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History > 20th century > WW1 (1914-1918) > UK / British empire > France > Battle of Verdun    21 February - July 1916

 

 

 

French troops under shellfire during the Battle of Verdun.

 

General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

 

World War I’s Iconic, Ironic Battle

NYT

FEB. 19, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/opinion/sunday/world-war-is-iconic-ironic-battle.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 February - July 1916

 

Battle of Verdun

 

 

In February 1916,

France and Germany

began one of the most

devastating battles

of the First World War

 

During 10 months

of fighting at Verdun,

around 800,000 men

were killed, wounded

or were declared missing.

 

In France,

the battle

became synonymous

with the horrors of war

on the Western Front.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03j5jhf - Thu 18 Feb 2016

 

 

 

 

on Feb. 21, 1916,

1,200 German artillery pieces

began firing on French

positions around Verdun,

the ancient fortress town

on the Meuse River

in eastern France.

 

It was the middle

of World War I ,

and the fighting

all along the Western Front

that ran between

the Channel and the Alps

had settled

into a static confrontation

of men, planes and guns

— guns, above all.

 

That day the Germans

dropped a million shells

onto the forts, forests

and ravines around Verdun,

and in the 10 months

that followed,

60 million more

would fall in the area.

 

By then the French

had stopped

the German advance

and even recovered most

of the terrain they had lost,

reduced by then to a lunar landscape

bereft of vegetable or animal life.

 

And 300,000 men had died.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/
opinion/sunday/world-war-is-iconic-ironic-battle.html

 

 

 

 

nearly a million men

fell just at Verdun in 1916;

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/travel/100-years-of-gratitude.html

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/battle_verdun.shtml

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/29/
the-guardian-view-on-the-centenary-of-verdun-lessons-for-us-all

http://www.lemonde.fr/histoire/visuel/2016/05/27/
le-mythe-verdun_4927868_4655323.html

http://www.lemonde.fr/m-le-mag/visuel/2016/05/27/
a-verdun-sous-la-foret-les-plaies_4927879_4500055.html

http://www.lemonde.fr/histoire/visuel/2016/05/27/
verdun-memoire-familiale_4927865_4655323.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03j5jhf
- Thu 18 Feb 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/
opinion/sunday/world-war-is-iconic-ironic-battle.html

http://www.liberation.fr/france/2016/02/21/
verdun-le-crime-nationaliste_1434851

http://next.liberation.fr/images/2016/02/21/
apocalypse-verdun-les-recettes-d-un-succes_1434309

http://www.lemonde.fr/histoire/visuel/2016/02/21/
verdun-c-etait-une-boucherie-inouie_4869124_4655323.html

http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2016/02/20/
revivre-la-bataille-de-verdun-au-son-du-canon_4868824_3246.html

http://www.lemonde.fr/televisions-radio/article/2016/02/09/
la-bataille-de-verdun-un-mythe-francais_4861691_1655027.html

http://www.lemonde.fr/televisions-radio/article/2016/02/20/
la-guerre-a-la-tele-revue-et-colorisee_4868920_1655027.html

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/centenaire-14-18/article/2014/11/12/
un-deuil-ritualise-le-choix-du-soldat-inconnu_4522351_3448834.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/09/
first-world-war-verdun-lord-northcliffe

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92131810 - June 9, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

France        Philippe Pétain    1856-1951

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_P%C3%A9tain

 

 

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/101118/
apres-ses-propos-sur-petain-les-historiens-jugent-severement-macron

 

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/l-invite-de-8h30/
les-propos-d-emmanuel-macron-sur-petain-ont-pollue-une-semaine-memorielle-exceptionnelle-
selon-l-historien-nicolas-offenstadt
_3012593.html - 10 November 2018

 

http://www.europe1.fr/societe/
petain-vainqueur-de-verdun-les-historiens-sont-beaucoup-plus-divises-la-dessus
-3797435 - 10 November  2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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