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- 05 -272016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty-eighth episode : Verdun and franco-german reconciliation

The picture of French President François Mitterrand and Federal German Chancellor Helmut Kohl standing hand-in-hand in front of the Ossuary of Douaumont on September 1984 became a strong symbol of the Franco-German Reconciliation. Chancellor Helmut […]

- 05 -242016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty-seventh episode : the Verdun memorial

The Verdun Memorial emerged from a common vision of the veterans of Verdun who wished to build a «Temple of Remembrance» on the battlefield. The inscription for the Memorial’s entrance is from French writer and […]

- 05 -202016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty-sixth episode : the Douaumont ossuary

The Douaumont Ossuary is one of the most powerful war memorials in France. The Ossuary was built on the initiative of one man: Marie André Charles Ginisty, Bishop of Verdun. Monseigneur Ginisty requested that a […]

- 05 -172016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty-fifth episode : the myth of the “saviour of Verdun”

On 25 February 1916, General Philippe Pétain, attached to French General Staff as Commander of the Second Army, was ordered to save Verdun at all costs. After replacing him by General Robert Nivelle, General Joseph […]

- 05 -132016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty-fourth episode : the selection of the unknown french soldier and Verdun

The constant heavy artillery bombardments that took place during the battle of Verdun had transformed the battlefield into a devastated corpse-ridden landscape scene of mass death and total destruction, a wasteland of mud full of […]

- 05 -102016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty third episode : the emblematic battle of Verdun

At the start of the battle, French troops put up a bitter resistance against Germany’s incredible will to triumph. At the same time, contemporaries sensed that this battle was bound to determine the course of […]

- 05 -062016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty second episode : the destroyed villages of Verdun

In 1914, the rural area that was to become the geographical area of the Battle of Verdun had many small villages of 100 inhabitants each. All the residents of these villages were evacuated before the […]

- 05 -032016

The “hyperbataille” of Verdun, twenty first episode : the martyred city of Verdun

The first large-calibre projectiles that were fired on the city of Verdun on 21 February 1916, the first day of the Battle, caused untold damages. Two days later, all the remaining civilians were evacuated from […]

- 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 […]

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