By early 1916, World War I was in its second year. Germany was fighting on two fronts – France and Great Britain in the West and Imperial Russia in the East. With the prospect of prolonged fighting in the East, Gen. Erich von Falkenhayn, Chief of the German General Staff, believed the war would be decided in the West. To break the western stalemate, Falkenhayn planned a battle of attrition. He believed the French would defend Verdun, with its significant military and historical importance, to the last man. He would, therefore, bleed them “white” and force France to sue for peace. But a competent Gen. Pétain, leading determined French defenders, thwarted German plans. Over 10 months, in the largest and longest battle of World War I, it became clear that Falkenhayn’s attrition strategy had utterly failed. For the French, the costly victory would become a symbol of national pride and an enduring reminder of the carnage of war.
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