100 years ago: Verdun

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100 years ago: Verdun

Postby [EUG]MadMat » Sun 21 Feb 2016 15:09

One century ago today started the battle of Verdun, one of the major (and most violent) battle of WW1:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Verdun

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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby Holy_crap » Sun 21 Feb 2016 15:29

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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby nWODT_Niack » Sun 21 Feb 2016 17:34

People might have forgotten the scale of it all. In a nutshell, for 300 days of battle each side lost 1000 casualties, every day. All of this for moving the front in single digit kilometers.

From the wiki article:
A French lieutenant at Verdun who was later killed by a shell, wrote in his diary on 23 May 1916, "Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad!"

I feel that today, with the EU facing a solidarity crisis brought by extreme circumstances, it is crucial to remember what events brought us to unite ourselves to our neighbours.
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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby Guggy » Sun 21 Feb 2016 17:58

A "Heat Map" of the front along with areas of casualty intensity as the war raged would be fascinating to see. I wonder if anything like that was ever put together?

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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby Frencho » Sun 21 Feb 2016 19:07

The Verdun bloodbath wasn't only hell on earth, but also in the sky. It's the first large scale air battle in History.

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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby Aubustou » Sun 21 Feb 2016 19:34

And stupids keep calling us surrender monkeys while drooling at German superior warring skills.
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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby CornProducts » Sun 21 Feb 2016 19:40

Aubustou wrote:And stupids keep calling us surrender monkeys while drooling at German superior warring skills.

Cheese-eating surrender monkeys. The cheese eating is an important aspect of it.
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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby orcbuster » Sun 21 Feb 2016 20:06

To put things in perspective. The french alone suffered roughly 160000 KIA in this battle. Which is more than 50% of the total US KIA count for the entirety of WWII.
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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby Megiddo » Sun 21 Feb 2016 20:10

Hell on Earth during 300 days. Never again.
That's the saddest part of the story. I was getting used to think, after nearly three decades of its existence, that the word "Strategy" was the main cornerstone of the RTS genre and golden age.

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Re: 100 years ago: Verdun

Postby KattiValk » Sun 21 Feb 2016 20:11

I actually didn't get the chance to visit Verdun when I went to France last year. It's a shame because the countryside really is that pretty. I did go to Normandy though. It's hard to imagine all the casualties while looking out over the white sands from the top of the cliffs even while standing on the old bunkers and looking in the massive craters still lying around.

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