The Battle of Verdun

Feb 21, 1916 – Dec 18, 1916

The Battle of Verdun – A visit in May 2019

Jun 9, 2019 | Travel

World War 1

World War 1 was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918 and is considered one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

It was directly triggered by the assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand and his wife, on 28th June 1914 by Bosnian revolutionary, Gavrilo Princip.

This event was, however, simply the trigger that set off declarations of war. The actual causes of the war are more complicated and are still debated by historians today.

“What started World War 1 began with two deaths.
It ended with 17 million more dead.”

Total Military Mobilisation

million military personnel


million Europeans

European Military After The War

million killed

million permanently disabled

million were seriously injured

Male Population Loss







Military And Civilian Deaths On Both Sides

The Allies, or Entente Powers, counted around 6 million deaths, the Central Powers 4 million.

Many people died, not from combat, but from diseases caused by the war, estimated at around 2 million deaths. 6 million people went missing during the war and were presumed dead.

Two out of three soldiers died in battle, the rest died due to infections or disease. The Spanish flu also killed many people in prisoner camps.

Battle of Verdun

(February 21, 1916 — December 18, 1916), Central Powers engagement in which the French repulsed a major German offensive in the area of Verdun, France. It was one of the longest, bloodiest, and most-ferocious battles of the war.

French Losses

of which 162.308 dead or missing

German losses

of which 100.000 dead or missing

Battle of Verdun

103 Years Later

Me, my colleague and his wife went on a two-day trip in May 2019 to see some impressive leftovers from the battle of Verdun in France. He knows for sure almost everything about war so it was a very interesting thing to experience.

First up was the monument of Colonel Driant and his command post PC du Colonel Driant in Bois des Caures where he was killed during withdrawal on 22 February 1916.

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on June 10, 2019