The Battle of Verdun

May 22, 2012 | In: Medieval Battles


Many people call The Battle of Verdun(1916), The Greatest battle Ever.

Come to think of it, not even in ancient times battles weren’t fought involving so many men, gathered in such a small piece of land. In the end, there were approximately 700.000 casualties (including dead, wounded and missing). Of course, throughout history there were many battles that involved millions of soldiers, but what’s extraordinary about Verdun is that the battlefield had almost 4 square miles. Imagine more than 160.000 soldiers on one square mile.

One could say that if so many people die in the same place for a purpose, there sure is a lot to gain from a victory. Sadly, Verdun will live in our minds as the place where hundreds of thousands of people fought and died just for the sake of doing so. After this epic and tragic battle, little did change in Europe and in the euphoria of the moment, not many knew about what happened on that little piece of land.

At Verdun, the Germans fought with the French. From the total number of 700.000 casualties, more than 377.000 were French, and more than 335.000 Germans. As you can see, all year round people fought and died, with no winner at a particular time. That shows us that the main interest at Verdun was one concerning some sort of nationalist pride.

All in all, the total number of deaths was over 262.000, on both camps.

Now let’s imagine a small field where all you can see is human bodies. No justification is needed and no just motive can exist for such atrocities. Sadly, throughout history, many, many people are still forced to fight a war that isn’t their own.


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