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  Verdun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Verdun (German (old): Wirten, official name before 1970 Verdun-sur-Meuse) is a city and commune in the Lorraine région, northeast France, in the Meuse département, of which it is a sous-préfecture.
Verdun became part of the middle kingdom Lotharingia, and later of the Holy Roman Empire, in which it was an Imperial Free City.
Consequently, Verdun was utterly unprepared for the initial bombardment on the morning of 21 February 1916.
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 Battle of Verdun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The town of Verdun-sur-Meuse was chosen for this "bleeding white" of the French: the town, surrounded by a ring of forts, was an important stronghold that projected into the German lines and guarded the direct route to Paris.
Verdun was poorly defended because artillery guns had been removed from the local fortifications, but good intelligence and a delay in the German attack due to bad weather gave the French time to rush two divisions of 30th Corps, the 72nd and 51st, to the area.
The battle began on 21 February 1916 with a nine-hour artillery bombardment firing 1,000,000 shells by 1,200 guns on a front of 40 km, followed by an attack by three army corps (the 3rd, 7th, and 18th).
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 The Forts of Verdun
The Battle of Verdun was one of the bloodiest armed clashes in history.
Verdun was among the strongest of these, with 19 forts and 9 smaller "ouvrages" (works).
The German force at Verdun was the Fifth Army, commanded by the Crown Prince, eldest son of the Kaiser.
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 First World War.com - Battles - The Battle of Verdun, 1916
The German siege of Verdun and its ring of forts, which comprised the longest battle of the First World War, has its roots in a letter sent by the German Chief of Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn, to the Kaiser, Wilhelm II, on Christmas Day 1915.
His plan was to subject Verdun to intense bombardment, thus drawing in and diverting French troops from all over the Western Front to the eight mile wide front around Verdun.
By this stage the German Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, was scathing in his condemnation of Falkenhayn’s lack of success in Verdun, which was proving as costly in terms of manpower to Germany as it was to France.
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Suppressed by the Concordat of 1802, and subsequently united to the Diocese of Nancy, Verdun was re-established by the Bull of 27 July, 1817, and by the Royal Decree of 31 October, 1822.
It was formed practically of the entire ancient Diocese of Verdun, portions of the ancient Dioceses of Trier, Châlons, Toul, Metz, and Reims, and became suffragan of the Archdiocese of Besançon.
Peter became Bishop of Verdun in 781, named to that office by Adrian I at the request of Charlemagne; shortly afterwards he was accused of conspiring against the emperor but was cleared of the accusation at the Synod of Frankfort (794).
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 The Great War . Maps & Battles . The Battle of Verdun | PBS
Begun in mid-February 1916, and ending in December, the battle of Verdun symbolized for the French the strength and fortitude of their armed forces and the solidarity of the entire nation.
After a few short weeks, the battle took on a life of its own, with small groups of men on both sides fighting local battles in constant struggle for their lives, and protection of the territory they occupied.
Verdun is still considered by many military historians as the 'greatest' and most demanding battle in history.
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 Verdun, Lorraine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Verdun (city.net), located very strategically at the mouth of the Meuse and near the Northern French border, has been caught up in many wars over the centuries.
Verdun, the Roman Virodunum, was a seat of a bishop already in the 3rd century.
In 843 the famous Treaty of Verdun was signed here, in which the grandsons of Charlemagne divided up his empire into the present day Germany, France and Lorraine.
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 The Battle of Verdun - Phase 2 The German offensive (21 February - 2 March)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Verdun itself is also heavily bombarded; the entire civilian population is evacuated.
Verdun is within reach of the Germans now but they do not realise that the positions are abandoned and they do not seize the given opportunity.
When the battle of Verdun stagnates at the beginning of March 1916, the German army leaders reach the conclusion that the French artillery fire had to be eliminated from the left riverbank before a successful march to Verdun can be made along the right riverbank.
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 Bildt Comments: The Non of Verdun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The battle for Verdun was one of the most horrible of the horrible battles on the Western Front during the First World War.
But Verdun is also a symbol of the reconciliation between France and Germany that is at the very core of the efforts at European integration and, eventually, the European Union.
The Non olf Verdun vividly shows that we need a new story of Europe in the age of globalisation in order to get and retain the support of the voters for all that we are trying to achieve.
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 The Battle of Verdun
The Battle of Verdun in 1916 was the longest single battle of World War One.
The casualties from Verdun and the impact the battle had on the French Army was a primary reason for the British starting the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 in an effort to take German pressure off of the French at Verdun.
On June 24th, the bombardment on the Somme could be heard at Verdun and with days, the battle at the Somme was to dominate military planners on the Western Front.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /battle_of_verdun.htm   (1444 words)

 Big Dawg rollin': Verdun Wheeler cruises into junior season 09/01/05
Verdun Wheeler is expected to be a vital cog in the Bulldogs defense, which sports a lot of new faces in positions vacated by marquee talent.
Verdun Wheeler has developed into the kind of guy that coaches like to count on as leaders.
The biggest thing that Verdun Wheeler is ready to prove is that Georgia's punishing defense didn't leave with Odell Thurman and David Pollack and Thomas Davis.
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 Verdun, town, France. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
An episcopal see since the 4th cent., Verdun, with its surrounding area, was one of the three bishoprics (with Metz and Toul) seized (1552) by Henry II of France from the Holy Roman Empire.
In 1918 the Americans and French were victorious in the Verdun sector and at Saint-Mihiel.
The town and the battlefield of Verdun, with their huge military cemeteries and numerous impressive monuments, form a national sanctuary.
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 Channel4.com - The First World War
Verdun was both a town and a fortress system in eastern France, a tongue of French territory projecting into German-occupied land.
The Verdun salient (an outward bulge in defences) was comparatively isolated from the rest of the French line and could therefore be attacked on a narrow front.
Three-quarters of the entire French army served at Verdun during the course of the eight-month battle.
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 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Verdun
Verdun, Battle of, major engagement of World War I, fought between German and French forces in Verdun, France, from February to December 1916.
Verdun (France), town in northeastern France, in Meuse Department, on the Meuse River, in Lorraine.
Verdun (Québec), city in Île de Montréal County, southern Québec, Canada.
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 Verdun, battle of on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
VERDUN, BATTLE OF [Verdun, battle of] the longest and one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I.
Trucks made the difference at Verdun: the titanic World War I Battle of Verdun is best known for its unprecedented carnage.
Walking with the ghosts of Verdun; Death was a relief to many trapped in this hell As Remembrance Day nears, Tom Bower visits the killing fields of France's bloodiest battle.
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 Battle of Verdun
During the First World War Verdun was a fortified French garrison town on the River Meuse 200km east of Paris.
On 24th February, General Henri-Philippe Petain was appointed commander of the Verdun sector.
Verdun, the longest battle of the First World War, ended on the 18th December.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /FWWverdun.htm   (419 words)

Verdun is the brainchild of Washington, D.C.-based guitarist/keyboardist Neal Barnard as a release for his majestic soundscapes.
To reach this goal, Verdun is composed of two female vocalists - Martha Roebuck and Ngoc Hoang - whose heavenly voices are used as soft instruments which he blends against the harshness and aggressiveness of his guitar and keyboard work coupled with the demands of drummer Mike Stetina.
Not being able to pigeonhole the music of Verdun, that may be an accurate statement.
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 Lord Northcliffe's Commentary on Verdun
The district of Verdun lies in one of the coldest and also the most misty sectors in the long line between Nieuport and Switzerland.
The vast battle of Verdun might have been arranged for the benefit of interested spectators, were it not that the whole zone for miles around the great scene is as tightly closed to the outer world as a lodge of Freemason.
The present attack on the French at Verdun is by far the most violent incident of the whole Western War.
www.lib.byu.edu /~rdh/wwi/1916/verdun.html   (2002 words)

 Verdun, Treaty of on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
VERDUN, TREATY OF [Verdun, Treaty of] the partition of Charlemagne's empire among three sons of Louis I, emperor of the West.
It was concluded in 843 at Verdun on the Meuse or, possibly, Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, Soâne-et-Loire dept., E France.
The Treaty of Verdun represented the beginning of dissolution of Charlemagne's empire into political units that foreshadowed the nations of Western Europe.
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When Two Worlds Collide In 1916 from February to December one of the fiercest battles on the European continent took place in Verdun, France in which almost three quarters of a million lives were lost.
Verdun is a dynamic and creative band led by guitarist, keyboardist, and song writer Neal Barnard.
Verdun's rendition is familiar enough to make you remember the times and different enough to appreciate them.
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 BBC - History - Battle of Verdun: 21 February 1916 - July 1916   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One of the costliest battles of World War One, Verdun exemplified the 'war of attrition' pursued by both sides and which cost so many lives.
By the winter of 1915-16, German General Erich von Falkenhayn was convinced that the war could only be won in the west.
He realised that this would enable him to inflict the maximum possible casualties.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/war/wwone/battle_verdun.shtml   (536 words)

 Verdun, France
The old and much fought-over fortified town of Verdun lies at what is strategically the most important crossing of the Meuse, on the road between the Rhine and Paris.
During the First World War Verdun was the pivot of the French front line, and between February 21 and July 12 1916 withstood all German attempts to take it.
The number of dead on both sides is estimated at between 500,000 and 800,000, and the name of Verdun has become a synonym for senseless slaughter.
www.planetware.com /france/verdun-f-lor-ve.htm   (176 words)

 Verdun --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Verdun, now a southern suburb of Montreal city, is primarily residential and has few industries.
The city of Verdun is located in the Montréal region of southern Quebec province, Canada.
A southern suburb of the city of Montreal, Verdun is primarily residential and has few industries.
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General Falkenhayn decided that at Verdun he would wage a battle of attrition against the French Army that would bleed it dry and drive France from the war.
The old fortress city of Verdun was ringed by strongholds and forts, the largest and most important of these being Fort Douaumont —; called by one writer "the most shelled spot on earth." The Germans captured Fort Douaumont in February, 1916; the French finally retook it in October.
After the war, the French closed some 16 million acres northeast of Verdun due to unexploded ordnance and uninterred human remains.
www.lib.byu.edu /~english/WWI/historical/Verdun.html   (503 words)

 The Battle of Verdun and the number of casualties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The official French war history that was published in 1916 estimates the French losses at Verdun at 377,231.
The victims fallen outside the Verdun area should not be included.
You see, included in this number should be as well: the mutilated, the psychiatric patients, the blinded, the crippled, the victims of gas, and all the others who in fact did survive the war, but were not able to function in society ever again.
www.war1418.com /battleverdun/slachtoffers.htm   (667 words)

 BBC NEWS | Special Report | 1998 | 10/98 | World War I | Verdun: Symbol of suffering
The battle of Verdun was the longest battle of war and cost both sides many thousands of casualties.
The German Fifth Army, under the command of General Erich von Falkenhayn, attacked the bulge in the French front line at Verdun, which was known as the Verdun salient.
France's Field-Marshal Joseph Joffre, who was himself concentrating on the battle of the Somme, entrusted the defence of Verdun to General Henri Petain and the Second Army.
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