This Day World War I — Dec. 15

On December 15, 2006 02: 46

To this day, the day when the French are defeated by the Germans during the First world War, during the Battle of Verdun.

The Battle of Verdun, which took place from November 21 to December 19, 1916, in the vicinity of the town of Verdun-sur-Meuse in north-east France, was one of the most significant battles of the first world War on the Western Front. The battle was between the French and German armies.

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As a result, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and half a million men were killed or wounded. It was the longest battle and one of the bloodiest of the First World War. In both France and Germany, to the portrayal of the horrors of war, as the Somme estuary in the uk.

The battle popularized the phrase, “Ils ne passeront pas” (“they shall not pass”), is explained by the Nivelle, but it is often mistakenly attributed to Petain.

The victims

It is very important that you, the less dense the Central Powers ‘ cause a lot of waste in their lives, then they are suffering. The battle of Verdun, the Germans, indeed, inflict more casualties on the French, then they were old, but not in the ratio of 2: 1 and, she hoped, in spite of the fact that the German army was greatly outnumbered by the French.

However, the French losses were terrible. This is a deliberate determination by Marshal Philippe Petain, who insisted on a more regular rotation of forces in the face of the show, of course, helped solidify his image and reputation. The rotation of the armed forces has meant that up to 70% of the French army passed through the Thin pinch, as opposed to the 25% of the German army, which operated there.

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