The Battle Of Verdun: One Of War War I One Bloodiest Clashes
World War I unleashed some of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. The Battle of Verdun ranks right among the worst. The 10 months of fighting from February 21st to December 18th 1916 left over 300,000 troops and many more civilians dead.
The fortress city of Verdun along France’s Meuse river represented a crucial territory and became a focus of Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn. He hoped striking a heavy blow along the Western Front would overwhelm the Allies and lead the Germans to victory. However, the French dug in and the two sides brutally bludgeoned one another for nearly a year.