Verdun the longest battle of the great war and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. The battle of verdun bataille de verdun ipa bataj d vdoe schlacht um verdun ipa laxt m vdoe fought from 21 february to 18 december 1916 was the largest and longest battle of the first world war on the western front between the german and french armies. Verdun the longest battle of the great war by paul jankowski at seven oclock in the morning on february 21 1916 the ground in northern france began to shake for the next ten hours twelve hundred german guns showered shells on a salient in french lines. In verdun the longest battle of the great war paul jankowski challenges most and upends many of the tenacious myths associated with that iconic battle general erich von falkenhayn the mastermind behind the german offensive did not intend from the very outset whatever he subsequently claimed in . Verdun was one of the most savagely fought battles of world war one the germans fired two million shells in the opening eight hour bombardment and tens of millions were fired over the course of the conflict it was also the longest battle lasting 300 days and leaving an estimated 800000 soldiers
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