Battle of Verdun

Map of the Battle of Verdun during World War, 1916.
Verdun, Battle of, 1916
Verdun, Battle of, 1916



"Verdun, Battle of, 1916."

Key Facts
  • The Battle of Verdun was fought from February to December of 1916 (The Great War).
  • Falkenhayn commanded more then three million men (Heyman).

Key Players
  • General Erich von Falkenhayn led the Germans in battle and was the mastermind behind the plot to attack Verdun (Lavalle).
Erich von Falkenhayn
Erich von Falkenhayn


Strategy
  • Germany attcked France at Verdun because it was a vulnerable, prime target.
  • England was Germany's most dangerous opponent and France was their allie.
  • Falkenhayn planned to use the power of German artillery to defeat France.


Battle of Verdun: Voie Sacree (Sacred Way)
Battle of Verdun: Voie Sacree (Sacred Way)


Outcome
"In the end, the front lines were nearly the same as when the battles started while over 300,000 French and Germans were killed and over 750,000 were wounded" (The Great War). "Germans tried to break through and they didn't" (Doctor Professor Mister James Charles Maciack).

Significance
  • The Battle of Verdun had one of the greatest casualties in World War I (Lavalle).

Paintings/Pictures
Church ruins after Battle of Verdun
Church ruins after Battle of Verdun

(Church ruinsafter the battle of Verdun)

Tourism
Tour the battlefields at Verdun and visit the Verdun Memorial Museum.

Historical landmarks/monuments

This statue is a memorial of the Battle of Verdun.
"Situated near Fort Souville this wounded lion is a memorial to the French 130th Division who fought as part of the garrison of the fort" (Flickr).


"Battle of Verdun: Voie Sacree (Sacred Way)." Image. Reynolds and Taylor, Collier's Photographic History of the European War, 1916. World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2012.
"Church ruins after Battle of Verdun." Image. National Archives. World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2012.
"Erich von Falkenhayn." Image. Library of Congress. World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2012.
Flickr. The Lion Monument Verdun WW1. 2012. Photograph. Flickr.com. Yahoo. Web. 2012 Feb. 3. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/glosters/5411454846/>.
Heyman, Neil M. World War I. Westport, Connecticut, USA: Greenwood, 1997. Print.
Lavalle, John. "Battle of Verdun: World War I." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.
"The Great War . Maps & Battles . The Battle of Verdun | PBS." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. Web. 02 Feb. 2012.
"Verdun, Battle of, 1916." Map. World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society.ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.