To mark the 104th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, we have chosen to remember the long and visceral Battle of Verdun with a learning resource that states some of the key facts and figures.
The Battle of Verdun was both the largest and longest battle of the First World War, lasting for almost eleven months from February 21st to December 16th. Fought on the Western Front, it was a German offensive attack, the aim of which was to defeat the French army and reduce the Allies’ power before they could amass in numbers. However, as well as being unsuccessful in their goal, the Germans paid a price themselves, with over 140,000 troops being killed and 340,000 overall casualties, compared to 160,000 deaths and 360,000 casualties on the French side.
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