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Archives du mois de April 2016

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- 04 -292016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twentieth episode : the city of Verdun, prior to the battle

The city of Verdun made history with the Treaty of Verdun signed in AD 843, the first treaty that divided the Carolingian Empire into three kingdoms. Although this historical event received only a passing mention […]

- 04 -262016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, nineteenth episode : mass death

Some 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers were killed during the ten-month of intense combats that took place in Verdun. However, the Battle of Verdun was not any deadlier than other battles that took […]

- 04 -222016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, eighteenth episode : the soldiers of Verdun

During the ten-month battle, French and German soldiers lived the same terrible existence through the «Hell of Verdun». Both attackers and counter-attackers were exposed to incessant shelling, hunger, thirst, cold or heat, mud and infestations […]

- 04 -192016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, seventeenth episode : gaz warfare

The Germans started their chemical warfare program as early as 1915. It was during the Second Battle of Ypres that during their first chlorine attack on 22 April 1915, the Allies discovered the so-called “vagues […]

- 04 -152016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, sixteenth episode : surviving battle injuries

With over 300,000 French soldiers who died in the fighting between August and October 1914, the Great War proved to be a deadly conflict right from the beginning. The increasing number of casualties almost led […]

- 04 -122016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, fifteenth episode : air war over Verdun

The Battle of Verdun was also the theatre of an important air war battle. It was an air battle during which air superiority was introduced and that became the first large scale air battle of […]

- 04 -082016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, fourteenth episode : the rôle of artillery

The Battle of Verdun begun with a German offensive aimed at crushing the French front-line by an unprecedented massive artillery bombardment. This offensive preluded the more important ones that followed, such as the Battle of […]

- 04 -052016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, thirteenth episode : ” the sacred way “

By choosing Verdun, the German General Staff had thoroughly studied the sector and taken into consideration the complete isolation of the encircled city ; its railway network either cut or under a constant artillery fire […]

- 04 -012016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twelfth episode : fort Souville

Fort Souville was situated to the south of Fort Douaumont and to the south-west of Fort Vaux. As part of the Thiaumont-Fleury-Souville ridge, it was the last observation post of French artillery on the right […]

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