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The Battle of Verdun

In 1916, France and Germany fought one of the most devastating battles of World War One. Hear archive recordings of French and German veterans who fought at Verdun.

In February 1916, France and Germany began one of the most devastating battles of the First World War During 10 months of fighting at Verdun, around 800,000 men were killed, wounded or were declared missing. In France, the battle became synonymous with the horrors of war on the Western Front. Using archive recordings of French and German veterans, we tell the story of Verdun.
Photo:French troops under shellfire during the Battle of Verdun. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

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9 minutes

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Thu 18 Feb 2016 08:50GMT

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  • Thu 18 Feb 2016 08:50GMT

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