TIL The Douamont Ossuary has the bones of over 100,000 unidentified soldiers who died at Verdun. The total combined casualties of the battle amounted to 750,000 with 300,000 being KIA

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  1. For comparison the total number of deaths in the Syrian Civil War are between 388,650 and about 594,000. And that’s from the entirety of a fairly major war, one that’s lasted a full decade.

  2. Only thing worse than dying in war would be to end up in and unmarked grave. I’d never read of the Battle of Verdun until today! That was savage!

  3. Joffre was fired when the French high command learned he pulled the huge cannons out of the fort system in eastern France. Ironically if he kept them there it would have meant even more deaths.

    It’s also important to note that the Germans nearly won that battle. They were literally at the gates of
    verdun.

    So many young men died during those several months of fighting but the French proved superior thanks to Petains unique problem solving and the road of life supplying the front with rotating men

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