Verdun, a "mythic symbol of the meaninglessness and brutality of modern warfare"

Posted on centenarynews.com on 28 March 2013
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Die Welt looks at the significance of Verdun and the reason for which it became what the author calls a mythic symbol of the meaninglessness and brutality of modern warfare in the Twentieth Century.

EXCERPT OF ARTICLE:

"In February 1916, the battle for Verdun began. The German plan was to bleed the French dry, but this plan was mistaken...with catastrophic consequence: by December 1916 more than 300,000 German and French soldiers had died in Verdun...Although other battles had similar death tolls, Verdun became a symbol of the brutality and meaningless of modern warfare..."

For the full article by Berthold Seewald, click here.

Images courtesy of the Die Welt website.

Posted by: Anna Bearfield, Centenary News.

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