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Archives du mois de March 2016

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- 03 -292016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, eleventh episode : fort Vaux

Built between 1881 and 1884, Fort Vaux was one the fortresses of the Verdun complex and interlocking defensive system constructed by General Séré de Rivières. The dominating position of the Fort over the village that […]

- 03 -252016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, tenth episode : le Mort Homme and hill 304

The fierce resistance of the French troops during the offensive launched on the right bank of the Meuse by the Germans on 21 February 1916, bogged down a battle where artillery ended up playing a […]

- 03 -222016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, neinth episode : Fort Douaumont

Fort Douaumont was the highest and largest fortress of the Verdun’s defensive system. The fort, partly disarmed and left virtually undefended since 1915, was captured with relative ease by the Germans on 25 February 1916 […]

- 03 -182016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, heighth episode : Caures wood

Caures Wood was the most advanced post of the French front lines operating north of Verdun. This sector had been quiet since the beginning of the war. The well organised defence lines of Caures Wood […]

- 03 -152016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, seventh episode : LIDAR, an archaeo-geomorphological survey of the battlefield of Verdun

LiDAR is a laser remote sensing technology used for mapping terrestrial surface in 3D imaging. This system can go through visual obstacles such as cloud cover and most importantly, vegetation cover. A LiDAR airborne mission […]

- 03 -112016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, sixth episode : the french offensives 19 October – 15 December, 1916

In September 1916, following the German General Staff’s decision to halt its offensive policy, the fighting eased in all the sectors. On 13 September 1916, the President of France, Monsieur Raymond Poincaré visited Verdun where […]

- 03 -082016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, fifth episode : the grinding battle of attrition, 1 May to 2 September 1916

On a battlefield where the ground shook again and again from the incessant pounding of artillery that resulted in 80 percent of human casualties, attacks and counterattacks succeeded one another without interruption. Worrying over the […]

- 03 -042016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, fourth episode : the battle for the flanks, expansion of the battle to the left bank of the Meuse, 21 February to 1 may 1916

On 26 February 1916, French reinforcements started arriving on the front line. 132 infantry battalions and 25,000 tons of ammunitions, war materiel and equipment were routed through the only available corridor, a single narrow road […]

- 03 -012016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, third episode : the german offensive, 21-25 february 1916

On 21 February 1916, at 7 o’clock in the morning French positions came under a deluge of iron and an uninterrupted sea of fire lasting over 9 hours from the German artillery composed of 1,200 […]

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