February 21st 1916 - Beginning of the Battle of Verdun


February 21st 1916: Beginning of the Battle of Verdun, probably the most notorious battle of mechanized warfare of World War II, and a symbol for the senseless deaths of hundreds of thousands of soldiers who, for the sake of gaining only a small area of territory, had to give up their lives in machine-gun fire, trench battles and poison gas. The "Hell of Verdun” became a nightmare for the German High Command. After initial successes, they had to discontinue their attack and retreat under pressure from the enemy. For France it affirmed feelings of nationalism. Verdun still stands for the heroism of the "Grande Armée", even if the battle remained strategically insignificant.

Länge: 00:00:54 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1916 | Clip-ID: JHT000042E




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