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French Troops at Verdun, 1916Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: French Troops at Verdun, 1916

Description: French soldiers poses for a photograph in the Battle of Verdun (February 21, 1916-December 18, 1916) during World War I. This prolonged and attritional battle took place near the town of Verdun-sur-Meuse in Northeastern France, consisting of a series of attacks and counter-attacks by French and German forces that produced 163,000 French and 143,000 German casualties. The battle, the longest and one of the costliest in WWI, saw enormous artillery barrages unleashed by both sides, with more than forty million shells exchanged in French and German bombardments. The German offensive aimed at capturing the town of Verdun failed, with German forces driven back by the French to their departing lines, resulting in a stalemate. The German attack in this battle was aimed at capturing the vital salient of Verdun, a city ringed by strong defensive forts projecting into German lines, blocking a vital railroad line leading to Paris. German General Erich von Falkenhayn (September 11, 1861-April 8, 1922), the commander of all German forces in the field at that time, planned this battle to capture Verdun, surround and trap French forces there and bleed that army to death. His French counterpart, General Robert Georges Nivelle (October 15, 1856-March 22, 1924) was equally resolved to meet and throw back the German onslaught, issuing his famous order: “They shall not pass.”

Category: World War I

Keywords: WWI, World War I, Great War, First World War, French soldiers, French Troops, French army, French military personnel

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2550 x 1796 (4.58 MPixels) (1.42)

Print Size: 21.6 x 15.2 cm; 8.5 x 6.0 inches

File Size: 13.13 MB (13,771,282 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048525

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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