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World War I: The Battle of Verdun

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Casey Tumblety

on 17 December 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli By Casey Tumblety World War I: The Vicious Battle of Verdun Introduction Good day, everyone. Today, I would like to explain about a very significant portion of World War I. That part is known as the Battle of Verdun. The war may have been chilling enough, but this battle was the big boss of the entire event and made all the other ones look like a piece of cake! The two countries in the spotlight of the clash were France and Germany. At the time of the battle, only nations in Europe were fighting, while Americans were neutral. What makes this battle so ominous and threatening? Do not be concerned if you are clueless, though. Let's take a closer look to find out! Where amd When did This extremely significant battle was taken place at Verdun-sur-Meuse, France, from February 21 to December 18 of 1916, making it the lengthiest battle of all in World War I. Yikes! What caused the Battle of Verdun
to come to life? The German general Erich von Falkenhayn planned an ambush on the region of Verdun on February 12, 1916. However, severe weather conditions postponed this attack to nine days later. Falkenhayn had wished to "bleed France white" and believed that the French could not permit these forts ro crumble as the embarrassment would have been too much pressure on them. Therefore, 140,000 Germans commenced to bombard the region, which was backed up by 12 hundred artillery guns aimed at 2.5 million shells. What occurred during the Fighting? Since the assault, the French were mindful that they would have to be careful if they wished to survive and win the battle of Verdun. The fortress itself was already in great peril of being history. Anyway, the German soldiers' attack was supposed to be in duration for 300+ days, as 10,000 French troops were held hostage four days later, on 2/25/1916. Plus, the humongous fort at Douaumont, often referred to the most powerful fort in France, was armed only by 56 elderly part-time gunners, who had no mercy on the Germans. The French general Philippe Petain was in charge of guarding Verdun, but was pressed into action with an extremely difficult situation to bypass. Who was involved in the battle? See statistics of the war for the sides in the Battle of Verdun, but there were other people playing a role. For instance, Kaiser Wilhelm II received a letter from General Falkenhayn about the strategy to being victorious. He had enlightened that being against Russia was not worth the trouble, since they were going to withdraw from the war. But notwithstanding, they had to go intense against the western front, in which France had the possibility of being defeated in a major set-piece battle. Plus, Britain would in all likelihood seek terms with Germany, or else lose in turn. Furthermore, What eventually happened? , continued Additionally, the Germans had brutal weapons in their arsenal. One of these items was the "flammenwerfer", more known as the flamethrower. Plus, they used phosgene gas, which was at least ten times deadlier than that of chlorine gases. As the Battle of Verdun came to a close and stretched thinner, Kaiser Wilhelm II was agitated with the horrific state of the region, and decided to remove Falkenhayn from his job. Therefore, Paul Von Hindenburg replaced him. General Petain was also interchanged by Robert Nivelle for the French, who managed to recover the majority of their lost lands later in the "war to end all wars". the Battle of Verdun occur? The 2 sides of the Brawl French

General Philippe Petain
General Robert Nivelle
30,000 Men (2/21/1916) German

General Erich von Falkenhayn
Crown Prince Wilheim
150,000 Men (2/21/1916) Looks like France could
be in boiling water with
those stats! The Cause of the Battle of Verdun,
continued Apart from the guns, 13 hundred ammunition
trains were required, in sequence of allowing the attack to be as successful as it could be. Furthermore,
the Germans were even lucky enough to take control of 168 airplanes, which was the greatest number of airplanes used at once in U.S. history. By this point, the French forces were not ready to tolerate the madness and decided it was time to fight back to save their nation. The soon-to-be vicious battle of Verdun had officially begun. Side 1

The French Side 2

The Germans The Battle Roars on, continued As for the dilemma that General Petain had, there
was only one road from the outside of the region. This made it frustrating to travel around the area, due to the French placing a new military input. Therefore, Petain asked Joffre for more men to fight, but he refused, solely because he wanted men to keep an eye out on the Somme. In other words, Petain did not want the French to be defeated, considering being horrendously outnumbered in the beginning. Nonetheless, more men did come to fight by his side. How will this battle conclude? Only time can tell at this point. "Phew! That was
a close call! Thank
heavens we are being
given mercy!" Who acquired Victory,
and what eventually
happened? Even though the battle was fought
very intensely from both sides, it
ended up to be a stalemate. Plus, there
were approx. 1,000,000 fatalities that
were reported in the fighting. The Germans
lost around 120,000 men, as the French
saw 133,000 troops die a painful demise.
Lastly, the battle would leave a positive
picture for General Petain, since it made
him a hero, despite the French being at a
colossal disadvantage. Interesting Facts - The Battle of Verdun was the longest single battle
in not just all of WW1, but the lengthiest in World
History yet
- The battle eventually led up to the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, while it still was taking place(impacts from Verdun and on the French Army; British)
-The Battle of Verdun was also the only major battle in World War 1 where there was no victor decided; it was a draw
-This battle was also recognized as Mincing Machine of Verdun and Meuse Mill
-History teachers have been dispatched to come up with an interesting pneumonic device to figure out which side was the victor; Verdun sounds identical to the German "wir done" (we're done-France wins), although I am certain it was a tie! Resources used in this presentation
* means used most frequently -Firstworldwar.com
of+Verdun "Fin" God bless the world! "Wir Done!!"
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