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French troops passing through ruins at Verdun.

French troops passing through ruins at Verdun.

French troops pose for the camera amidst the Battle of Verdun, during the First World War.

French troops pose for the camera amidst the Battle of Verdun, during the First World War.

Verdun - The Battle of Verdun ran for much of 1916 in the hills of northeast France. It was fought between German and French troops, and remains the longest battle in human history, with total casualties estimated to have numbered between 700,000 and one million. This photo taken circa 1917-1918 shows a World War I battlefield near Verdun, France, with holes made by bombs filled with water.

Verdun - The Battle of Verdun ran for much of 1916 in the hills of northeast France. It was fought between German and French troops, and remains the longest battle in human history, with total casualties estimated to have numbered between 700,000 and one million. This photo taken circa 1917-1918 shows a World War I battlefield near Verdun, France, with holes made by bombs filled with water.

3 German soldiers help a French soldier out of the mud. Verdun. 1916.

3 German soldiers help a French soldier out of the mud. Verdun. 1916.

German soldiers advancing under fire at the Battle of Verdun, 1916

German soldiers advancing under fire at the Battle of Verdun, 1916

A street in Verdun after 8 months of bombing. September 1916. Battle of Verdun. Western Front. World War I. France. Autochrome Lumière. Photo: Jules Gervais-Courtellemont (1863 - 1931).

A street in Verdun after 8 months of bombing. September 1916. Battle of Verdun. Western Front. World War I. France. Autochrome Lumière. Photo: Jules Gervais-Courtellemont (1863 - 1931).

German troops relax in a ruined farmhouse during their occupation of Loos

German troops relax in a ruined farmhouse during their occupation of Loos

Cost: The ruined town and cathedral of Verdun after the Germans tried to take it in 1916

The dark secrets of the French forest blocked off 100 years after WW1

Cost: The ruined town and cathedral of Verdun after the Germans tried to take it in 1916

The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of World War One. It was fought from February 21 to December 18, 1916, between the French and German armies around the town of Verdun, France. The battle involved more than two and a half million men and it developed in a space less that 8 sq miles and consisted of a ring of underground fortifications which the German forces attempted to capture.

The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of World War One. It was fought from February 21 to December 18, 1916, between the French and German armies around the town of Verdun, France. The battle involved more than two and a half million men and it developed in a space less that 8 sq miles and consisted of a ring of underground fortifications which the German forces attempted to capture.

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