The Battle of Verdun 1916 - the greatest battle ever
French attack on the German lines during the Battle of Verdun

The Battle of Verdun is considered the greatest and lengthiest in world history. Never before or since has there been such a lengthy battle, involving so many men, situated on such a tiny piece of land. The battle, which lasted from 21 February 1916 until 19 December 1916 caused over an estimated 700,000 casualties (dead, wounded and missing). The battlefield was not even a square ten kilometres. From a strategic point of view there can be no justification for these atrocious losses. The battle degenerated into a matter of prestige of two nations literally for the sake of fighting.....

How to use the Battle of Verdun web-site  
If you are only interested in a brief outline, it is best you read the
Summary Battle of Verdun. However, if you require more detailed information, you had better chronologically view the Battle of Verdun from Phase 1 on to Phase 6

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Map of Verdun

Witnesses of Verdun 

Casualties of Verdun 

Tourist information Verdun

Literature about the Battle of Verdun 

The Battle of Verdun -  the greatest battle ever

Summary Battle of Verdun 

Verdun - Phase 1 - The preparations (December 1915 - 12 February 1916)
The German plan of attack
The German preparations
The situation from the French perspective

Verdun - Phase 2 - The German offensive (21 February - 2 March)
The postponed attack of  12 February
The start of the German attack
Pétain takes defence measures
The Left Bank of the river Meuse

Verdun - Phase 3 - The Battle of the Flanks 
The Left Bank of the river Meuse (6 March - 31 May)

The Battle of Côte 304 and Le Mort-Homme

Verdun - Phase 4 - The Battle for the Flanks -
The Right Bank of the river Meuse (8 March - 23 June)

The Battle for Fort Vaux
The German and French relieve system
Pétain is replaced by Nivelle
The explosion at Fort Douaumont
The French counter attack of Fort Douaumont
The collapse of Fort Vaux

Verdun Phase 5 - The Last German Offensive (23 june - 6 September)
The first German attack: the occupation of Fleury
The crises in the French defence
The second German attack: the failed attack of Fort Souville
The third German attack: the battle of Fleury
The explosion in the Tavannes Tunnel

Verdun Phase 6 - The French offensive (21 October - 19 December)
The relief of Knobelsdorf and Falkenhayn
The fall of Fort Douaumont and Fort Vaux
The last French offensive 

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Thank you: Anneke Gortemulder (translations) & 
Kees Zevenberg (my good friend and computer genius)

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