A line of pillboxes were demolished and the infantry returned to their positions. Machine-guns were to be set up with overlapping fields of fire and infantry given specific areas to defend. By 25 June, both sides were exhausted and Knobelsdorf suspended the attack. [55], Conditions for the German infantry in the vicinity were far worse and by 18 May, the French destructive bombardment had obliterated many defensive positions, the survivors sheltering in shell-holes and dips of the ground. The 5th Army would begin a big offensive but with the objectives limited to seizing the Meuse Heights on the east bank for German heavy artillery to dominate the battlefield. [a] According to his memoirs written after the war, the Chief of the German General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn, believed that although victory might no longer be achieved by a decisive battle, the French army could still be defeated if it suffered a sufficient number of casualties. Seven of the 22 divisions at Verdun were replaced by mid-October and French infantry platoons were reorganised to contain sections of riflemen, grenadiers and machine-gunners. American troops quickly captured Malancourt, Bethincourt and Forges on the left bank of the Meuse and by midday the Americans had reached Gercourt, Cuisy, the southern part of Montfaucon and Cheppy. [95] The effect of the battle on many soldiers was profound and accounts of men breaking down with insanity and shell shock were common. The Commander-in-Chief of the French Army, General Joseph Joffre, had concluded from the swift capture of the Belgian fortresses at the Battle of Liège and at the Siege of Namur in 1914 that fixed defences had been made obsolete by German siege guns. [123], A XV Corps attack on 7 September failed and on 8 September XXXII Corps gained a costly success. [115] In 2005, Robert Foley used the Wendt calculations of 1931 to give German casualties at Verdun from 21 February to 31 August 1916 of 281,000, against 315,000 French. The 5th Army had a lower rate of loss than armies on the Eastern Front in 1915 and the French had a lower average rate of loss at Verdun than the rate over three weeks during the Second Battle of Champagne (September–October 1915), which were not fought as battles of attrition. After a final assault on 1 June by about 10,000 German troops, the top of Fort Vaux was occupied on 2 June. [112] David Mason wrote in 2000 that there had been 378,000 French and 337,000 German casualties. Artillery losses to "overwhelming" Anglo-French counter-battery fire and instant counter-attacks led to far more German infantry casualties than at the height of the fighting at Verdun, where the 5th Army suffered 25,989 casualties in the first ten days, against 40,187 2nd Army casualties on the Somme. Churchill wrote that an eighth needed to be deducted from his figures to account for casualties on other sectors, giving 403,000 French and 244,000 German casualties. [28] The III Corps, VII Corps and XVIII Corps attacked at 4:00 p.m.; the Germans used flamethrowers and stormtroopers followed closely with rifles slung, using hand grenades to kill the remaining defenders. The French took 11,000 prisoners for 14,000 casualties of whom 4,470 were killed or missing. [75], Two French Saint-Chamond railway guns, 13 km (8.1 mi) to the south-west at Baleycourt, fired the 400 mm (16 in) super-heavy shells, each weighing 1 short ton (0.91 t). Castelnau disagreed and ordered General Frédéric-Georges Herr the corps commander, to hold the right (east) bank of the Meuse at all costs. [34], After quietly moving inside, the Germans heard voices and persuaded a French prisoner, captured in an observation post, to lead them to the lower floor, where they found Warrant Officer Chenot and about 25 French troops, most of the skeleton garrison of the fort, and took them prisoner. The attempt to reinforce the fort failed and German reserves managed to cut off the French troops inside and force them to surrender, 1,000 French prisoners being taken. [72], On 1 August a German surprise-attack advanced 800–900 m (870–980 yd) towards Fort Souville, which prompted French counter-attacks for two weeks, which were only able to retake a small amount of the captured ground. One of the rotating 155 mm (6.1 in) turrets was partially manned and the other was left empty. The German attackers had many casualties during their attack on Bois de Fosses and the French held on to Samogneux. share. The battle was the longest of the First World War and took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse. The attack was intended to capture Ouvrage de Thiaumont, Fleury, Fort Souville and Fort Vaux at the north-east extremity of the French line, which had been bombarded by c. 8,000 shells a day since the beginning of the offensive. On 23 February, a French counter-attack at Bois des Caures was repulsed. “Fields of Verdun” is going to be a song on the new album! After the war, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Gerhard Tappen, the Operations Officer at Oberste Heeresleitung (OHL, General Headquarters), wrote that Falkenhayn believed the last possibility was most likely. The 18 large forts and other batteries around Verdun were left with fewer than 300 guns and a small reserve of ammunition while their garrisons had been reduced to small maintenance crews. Artillery observers were to advance with the infantry and communicate with the guns by field telephones, flares and coloured balloons. When it came, the collapse in Russia and the power of the Anglo-French attack on the Somme reduced the German armies to holding their positions as best they could. Oglądaj wideo Fields of Verdun w wykonaniu Sabaton z albumu The Great War (The Great Box) za darmo, i zobacz grafikę, tekst utworu oraz podobnych wykonawców. [62], Vous ne les laisserez pas passer, mes camarades (You will not let them pass, my comrades). Genre Rock Comment by Norb Mann. The French artillery recovered sufficiently on 24 June to cut off the German front line from the rear. Men are mad! [105], The German armies compiled Verlustlisten (loss lists) every ten days, which were published by the Reichsarchiv in the deutsches Jahrbuch of 1924–1925. This section of Bois Azoule contains the remains of French trenches and a German artillery battery from the Battle of Verdun virtually untouched since the end of the war in 1918.Sean Gallup, Getty Images, A piece of artillery shell shrapnel dating from the World War is held by the photographer after he found it in Bois Azoule forest on August near Verdun, France. The Germans advanced towards the last geographical objectives of the original plan, at Fleury-devant-Douaumont and Fort Souville, driving a salient into the French defences. French fortifications were to be engaged by the heaviest howitzers and enfilade fire. [11] The Verdun forts had a network of concrete infantry shelters, armoured observation posts, batteries, concrete trenches, command posts and underground shelters between the forts. In April 1917, GQG required that the états numériques des pertes discriminate between lightly wounded, treated locally for 20 to 30 days and severely wounded evacuated to hospitals. From 4 to 24 May, German attacks were made on the west bank around Mort-Homme and on 4 May, the north slope of Côte 304 was captured; French counter-attacks from 5 to 6 May were repulsed. The advance then slowed for several days, despite inflicting many French casualties. The 5th Army command wanted to continue the east bank offensive until a line from Ouvrage de Thiaumont, to Fleury, Fort Souville and Fort de Tavannes had been reached, while on the west bank the French would be destroyed by their own counter-attacks. It commemorates both the French and German losses and includes a museum. [117], Fighting in such a small area devastated the land, resulting in miserable conditions for troops on both sides. [31], At 3:00 p.m. on 25 February, infantry of Brandenburg Regiment 24 advanced with the II and III battalions side-by-side, each formed into two waves composed of two companies each. On the right bank, the Germans had developed four defensive positions, the last on the French front line of early 1916. Fayolle advocated a limited advance to make German counter-attacks harder, improve conditions in the front line and deceive the Germans about French intentions. At least half a dozen of the bunkers still stand in the forest in an area where the German army maintained a hospital, rail connections and command posts during the Battle of Verdun.Sean Gallup, Getty Images, A sign marks where the main street once passed on the site of the former village of Bezonvaux among terrain still pockmarked by World War I artillery fire near Verdun, France. Feel it guys. At 5:00 p.m., the infantry in areas A to C would advance in open order, supported by grenade and flame-thrower detachments. [59] The 5th Army suffered 2,742 casualties in the vicinity of Fort Vaux from 1 to 10 June, 381 men being killed, 2,170 wounded and 191 missing; French counter-attacks on 8 and 9 June were costly failures. The heavy artillery was to maintain long-range bombardment of French supply routes and assembly areas; counter-battery fire was reserved for specialist batteries firing gas shells. Fields of Verdun And the battle has begun Nowhere to run Father and son Fall one by one Under the gun. What were supposed to be formidable defences an empty shell and now was threatened; and Driant was proved correct by the events. Thirty soldiers of Infantry Regiment 140 managed to reach the top of the fort on 12 July, from where the Germans could see the roofs of Verdun and the spire of the cathedral. A month later, the band released “The Red Baron” as the album’s second single. “Fields of Verdun” was officially released by Nuclear Blast Records on 3 May 2019. Finnish rock band Apocalyptica did a cover of “Fields of Verdun”, which Sabaton endorsed. A limited offensive at Verdun would lead to the destruction of the French strategic reserve in fruitless counter-attacks and the defeat of British reserves in a futile relief offensive, leading to the French accepting a separate peace. Monthly figures of wounded and ill servicemen that received medical treatment were published in 1934 in the Sanitätsbericht (Medical Report). The two armies fired an estimated 65 million artillery shells at one another, of which millions never exploded and are still strewn throughout the region. [129][116] Forests planted in the 1930s have grown up and hide most of the Zone rouge (Red Zone) but the battlefield remains a vast graveyard, containing the mortal remains of over 100,000 missing soldiers, unless discovered by the French Forestry Service and laid in the Douaumont ossuary. [127] From 1918 to 1939, the French expressed two memories of the battle. More guns were added from 1903–1913, in four retractable steel turrets. Losses calculated for a battle could be inconsistent, as in the Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire during the Great War 1914–1920 (1922). Mangin proposed a preliminary attack to retake the area of the ravines, to obstruct the routes by which a German counter-attack on the fort could be made. Pétain ordered the remaining Verdun forts to be re-garrisoned. … The British would be forced to launch a hasty relief offensive and suffer an equally costly defeat. [7] A double ring of 28 forts and smaller works (ouvrages) had been built around Verdun on commanding ground, at least 150 m (490 ft) above the river valley, 2.5–8 km (1.6–5.0 mi) from the citadel. Bois des Corbeaux was captured again at great cost in casualties, before the Germans took parts of Mort-Homme, Côte 304, Cumières and Chattancourt on 14 March. The opening bombardment was to build up slowly and Trommelfeuer (a rate of fire so rapid that the sound of shell-explosions merged into a rumble) would not begin until the last hour. The penalty of attrition tactics was indecision, because limited-objective attacks under an umbrella of massed heavy artillery-fire could succeed but led to battles of unlimited duration. The initial plan was for an attack on a 3 km (1.9 mi) front but several minor German attacks captured the Fausse-Côte and Couleuvre ravines on the south-east and west sides of the fort. In late 1914 and in 1915, offensives on the Western Front had failed to gain much ground and been extremely costly in casualties. That evening Castelnau advised Joffre that the Second Army, under General Pétain, should be sent to the RFV. [71] On the evening of 11 July, Crown Prince Wilhelm was ordered by Falkenhayn to go onto the defensive and on 15 July, the French conducted a larger counter-attack which gained no ground; for the rest of the month the French made only small attacks. The two armies fired an estimated 65 million artillery shells at one another, of which millions never exploded and are still strewn througout the region. [130] The Verdun Memorial opened in 1967 and is located near Fleury-devant-Douaumont. [63], Nivelle had been concerned about declining French morale at Verdun; after his promotion to lead the Second Army in June 1916, Défaillance, manifestations of indiscipline, occurred in five front line regiments. [77], The 38th Division (General Guyot de Salins), 133rd Division (General Fenelon F.G. Passaga) and 74th Division (General Charles de Lardemelle) attacked at 11:40 a.m.[76] The infantry advanced 50 m (55 yd) behind a creeping field-artillery barrage, moving at a rate of 50 m (55 yd) in two minutes, beyond which a heavy artillery barrage moved in 500–1,000 m (550–1,090 yd) lifts, as the field artillery barrage came within 150 m (160 yd), to force the German infantry and machine-gunners to stay under cover. [99], The strength of the Anglo-French attack on the Somme surprised Falkenhayn and his staff, despite the British casualties. A German retreat began and continued until the Armistice.[125]. Alain Denizot included period photographs that show overlapping shell craters in an area of about 100 km2 (39 sq mi). The German army attacked and occupied the site, which sits on top of a strategic hilltop, during the Battle of Verdun.Sean Gallup, Getty Images, The remains of a detonated German 105-mm artillery shell dating from the World War lies in Bois Azoule forest near Verdun, France. Failure to reach the Meuse Heights left the 5th Army in poor tactical positions and reduced to inflicting casualties by infantry attacks and counter-attacks. If the resumed offensive on the east bank failed to reach the Meuse Heights, Falkenhayn was willing to accept that the offensive had failed and end it. Barbed wire stands on top of Fort Douamont near Verdun, France. The initial objectives were the Meuse Heights, on a line from Froide Terre to Fort Souville and Fort Tavannes, which would provide a secure defensive position from which to repel French counter-attacks. The German strategy in 1916 was to inflict mass casualties on the French, a goal achieved against the Russians from 1914 to 1915, to weaken the French Army to the point of collapse. The Germans set up a specialist artillery force to counter French artillery-fire from the west bank but this also failed to reduce German infantry casualties. [51], From 10 May German operations were limited to local attacks, either in reply to French counter-attacks on 11 April between Douaumont and Vaux and on 17 April between the Meuse and Douaumont, or local attempts to take points of tactical value. Need help? [123] On 25 November after a five-hour hurricane bombardment, the 128th and 37th divisions, supported by 18-field artillery, 24 heavy and 9 trench artillery groups conducted a raid on a 4 km (2.5 mi) front in appalling weather. The German infantry were exposed to continuous artillery fire from the flanks and rear; communications from the rear and reserve positions were equally vulnerable, which caused a constant drain of casualties. In October 1915, building began on trench lines known as the first, second and third positions and in January 1916, an inspection by General Noël de Castelnau, Chief of Staff at French General Headquarters (GQG), reported that the new defences were satisfactory, except for small deficiencies in three areas. The ability of the German army to inflict disproportionate losses had also been overestimated, in part because the 5th Army commanders had tried to capture Verdun and attacked regardless of loss. Posts about ‘Fields Of Verdun’ written by tarjavirmakari. [30], By 22 February German troops had advanced 5 km (3.1 mi) and captured Bois des Caures at the edge of the village of Flabas. [121], Strategic surprise was impossible; the Germans had 380 artillery batteries in the area, French positions being frequently bombarded with the new mustard gas and made several spoiling attacks to disrupt French preparations. [23], Castelnau met De Langle de Cary on 25 February, who doubted the east bank could be held. The Stoßtruppen would conceal their advance by shrewd use of terrain and capture any blockhouses which remained after the artillery preparation. [13] Only a light railway remained to carry bulk supplies; German-controlled railways lay only 24 km (15 mi) to the north of the front line. The pause in the German advance on 27 February led Falkenhayn to have second thoughts to decide between terminating the offensive or reinforcing it. On 4 April, Falkenhayn replied that the French had retained a considerable reserve and that German resources were limited and not sufficient to replace continuously men and munitions. In 2006, McRandle and Quirk used the Sanitätsbericht to increase the Verlustlisten by c.  11 per cent, which gave 373,882 casualties, compared to the French Official History record to 20 December 1916, of 373,231 French casualties. Forests were reduced to tangled piles of wood by artillery-fire and eventually obliterated. Watch the video for Fields of Verdun from Sabaton's Fields of Verdun for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Two battalions of the 74th Infantry Regiment were to advance along the east and south-east sides of the fort and take a machine-gun turret on a ridge to the east. Gossler ordered a pause in the attack, to consolidate the captured ground and to prepare another big bombardment for the next day. Many villages were destroyed and never re-built, and the land still bears the scars of battle. [69] A German preparatory bombardment began on 9 July, with an attempt to suppress French artillery with over 60,000 gas shells, which had little effect since the French had been equipped with an improved M2 gas mask. Areas were emptied of French civilians and buildings requisitioned. @dan-stewart-196423709 Some people use them just to insult France and I have seen so many of them that it's hard for me to know if it's a joke or an insult when I see one Churchill used a Reichsarchiv figure of 428,000 casualties and took a figure of 532,500 casualties from the Marin Report, for March to June and November to December 1916, for all the Western Front. [70][71] Fort Souville and its approaches were bombarded with more than 300,000 shells, including about 500 360 mm (14 in) shells on the fort. With a c.  11 per cent adjustment to the German figure of 37.7 per 1,000 to include lightly wounded, following the views of McRandle and Quirk; the loss rate is similar to the estimate for French casualties. [27] The main concentration of fire was on the right (east) bank of the Meuse river. [72] On 18 August, Fleury was recaptured and by September, French counter-attacks had recovered much of the ground lost in July and August. The Battle of Verdun , was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916 on the Western Front in France. German infantry began to suffer from exhaustion and unexpectedly high losses, 500 casualties being suffered in the fighting around Douaumont village. It must be mad to do what it is doing. After three days, the French had suffered 5,640 casualties from the 12,000 men in the attack and the Germans suffered 4,500 casualties in Infantry Regiment 52, Grenadier Regiment 12 and Leib-Grenadier Regiment 8 of the 5th Division. On the west bank, the line ran from Cumières to Mort Homme, Côte 304 and Avocourt. On 22 March, two divisions attacked "Termite Hill" near Côte 304 but were met by a mass of artillery-fire, which also fell on assembly points and the German lines of communication, ending the German advance. Listen free to Minniva – Fields of Verdun. [97] In 2003, Anthony Clayton quoted 330,000 German casualties, of whom 143,000 were killed or missing; the French suffered 351,000 casualties, 56,000 killed, 100,000 missing or prisoners and 195,000 wounded. 15 comments. The 126th Division (General Paul Muteau), 38th Division (General Guyot de Salins), 37th Division (General Noël Garnier-Duplessix) and the 133rd Division (General Fénelon Passaga) attacked with four more in reserve and 740 heavy guns in support. The French advance was preceded by a double creeping barrage, with shrapnel-fire from field artillery 64 m (70 yd) in front of the infantry and a high-explosive barrage 140 m (150 yd) ahead, which moved towards a standing shrapnel bombardment along the German second line, laid to cut off the German retreat and block the advance of reinforcements. We chose ‘Fields of Verdun’ to be the first single since we felt it represented the album perfectly, a classic Sabaton metal song which we cannot wait to include in our future set-lists. Driant was killed, fighting with the 56th and 59th Bataillons de chasseurs à pied and only 118 of the Chasseurs managed to escape. [82], The French reached their objectives at Vacherauville and Louvemont which had been lost in February, along with Hardaumont and Louvemont-Côte-du-Poivre, despite attacking in very bad weather. Attila the Hun failed to seize the town in the fifth century and when the empire of Charlemagne was divided under the Treaty of Verdun (843), the town became part of the Holy Roman Empire; the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 awarded Verdun to France. The French infantry reached their objectives except for a trench between hills 344, 326 and Samogneux, which was taken on 23 August. [102][g], In 2013, Paul Jankowski wrote that since the beginning of the war, French army units had produced numerical loss states (états numériques des pertes) every five days for the Bureau of Personnel at GQG. The symbolic importance of Verdun proved a rallying point and the army did not collapse. Falkenhayn also intervened to change German defensive tactics, advocating a dispersed defence with the second line to be held as a main line of resistance and jumping-off point for counter-attacks. Visitors to the region can visit forts that were focal points of the battle and tour trenches, craters, memorials and other reminders of the battle. Falkenhayn ordered that the command of field and heavy artillery units was to be combined, with a commander at each corps headquarters. Six forts had 155 mm guns in retractable turrets and fourteen had retractable twin 75 mm turrets. The French Army would "bleed itself white" in hopeless counter-attacks. [106], Some French data excluded those lightly wounded but some did not. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. [50], In mid-April, Falkenhayn ordered that infantry should advance close to the barrage, to exploit the neutralising effect of the shellfire on surviving defenders, because fresh troops at Verdun had not been trained in these methods. [90], With insufficient forces to break through the Western Front and overcome the reserves behind it, Falkenhayn tried to force the French to attack instead, by threatening a sensitive point close to the front line and chose Verdun. Douaumont was the largest fort in the RFV and by February 1916, the only artillery left in the fort were the 75 mm and 155 mm turret guns and light guns covering the ditch. This ninth full-length record, that will see the light of day right in time for the band’s 20th anniversary, will be a concept album based on events during the First World War and will be available in different formats: CD-Digi (History Edition) incl. [2], By seizing or threatening to capture Verdun, the Germans anticipated that the French would send all their reserves, which would then have to attack secure German defensive positions supported by a powerful artillery reserve. In the north, a British relief offensive would wear down British reserves, to no decisive effect but create the conditions for a German counter-offensive near Arras. [e] Delays gave the French time to bring up 90,000 men and 23,000 short tons (21,000 t) of ammunition from the railhead at Bar-le-Duc to Verdun. The coffres (wall bunkers) with Hotchkiss revolver-cannons protecting the moats, were unmanned and over 5,000 kg (11,023 lb; 5 long tons) of explosives had been placed in the fort to demolish it. France will commemorate the centenary of the battle in 2016 with events including the inauguration of a redesigned national memorial.Sean Gallup, Getty Images, A visitor walks inside the mostly intact remains of Fort Vaux near Verdun, France. If the French refused to negotiate, a German offensive would mop up the remnants of the Franco-British armies, breaking the Entente "once and for all". Long Max mounted on its combined railway and firing platform. On 29 February, Knobelsdorf, the 5th Army Chief of Staff, prised two divisions from the OHL reserve, with the assurance that once the heights on the west bank had been occupied, the offensive on the east bank could be completed. [25] I Corps and XX Corps arrived from 24 to 26 February, increasing the number of divisions in the RFV to ​14 1⁄2. [42], After a week, the German attack had reached the first-day objectives, to find that French guns behind Côte de Marre and Bois Borrous were still operational and inflicting many casualties among the Germans on the east bank. After the German invasion of France had been halted at the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914, the war of movement ended at the Battle of the Yser and the First Battle of Ypres. German reserve battalions did not reach the front until the evening and two Eingreif divisions, which had been ordered forward the previous evening, were still 23 km (14 mi) away at noon. By the night of 16/17 December, the French had consolidated a new line from Bezonvaux to Côte du Poivre, 2–3 km (1.2–1.9 mi) beyond Douaumont and 1 km (0.62 mi) north of Fort Vaux, before the German reserves and Eingreif units could counter-attack. [14], The III Corps, VII Reserve Corps and XVIII Corps were transferred to the 5th Army, each corps being reinforced by 2,400 experienced troops and 2,000 trained recruits. The VI Reserve Corps was reinforced with the X Reserve Corps, to capture a line from the south of Avocourt to Côte 304 north of Esnes, Le Mort Homme, Bois des Cumières and Côte 205, from which the French artillery on the west bank could be destroyed. Nivelle reduced the attack to an assault on Morchée Trench, Bonnet-d'Evèque, Fontaine Trench, Fort Douaumont, a machine-gun turret and Hongrois Trench, which would require an advance of 500 m (550 yd) on a 1,150 m (1,260 yd) front. [114] R. G. Grant gave a figure of 355,000 German and 400,000 French casualties in 2005. Tłumaczenie: Pokaż tłumaczenie. Five repair shops were built close to the front to reduce delays for maintenance and factories in Germany were made ready, rapidly to refurbish artillery needing more extensive repairs. Co-operation between the artillery and infantry was stressed, with accuracy of the artillery being given priority over rate of fire. [20] The Hotchkiss machine-guns were stored in boxes and four 75 mm guns in the casemates had already been removed. [119] In 1926, after an inquiry into the cause célèbre, Herduin and Millant were exonerated and their military records expunged. Firepower could conserve infantry but attrition prolonged the war and consumed troops preserved in earlier battles. A few days after taking over at Verdun, Pétain ordered the air commander, Commandant Charles Tricornot de Rose to sweep away German fighter aircraft and to provide artillery-observation. On 24 June the preliminary Anglo-French bombardment began on the Somme. [44] On 20 March, after a bombardment by 13,000 trench mortar rounds, the 11th Bavarian and 11th Reserve divisions attacked Bois d'Avocourt and Bois de Malancourt and reached their initial objectives easily. Twenty-six super-heavy, long-range guns, up to 420 mm (16.5 in), fired on the forts and the city of Verdun; a rumble could be heard 160 km (99 mi) away. An attempt at attrition lay behind the offensive in the east in 1915 but the Russians had refused to accept German peace feelers, despite the huge defeats inflicted by the Austro-Germans. The story of the battle of Verdun is also very representative of the album since it … Five German divisions supported by 533 guns held the defensive position, which was 2,300 m (1.4 mi; 2.3 km) deep, with ​2⁄3 of the infantry in the battle zone and the remaining ​1⁄3 in reserve 10–16 km (6.2–9.9 mi) back. German artillery moved to Côte 265, was subjected to systematic artillery-fire by the French, which left the Germans needing to implement the second part of the west bank offensive, to protect the gains of the first phase. On the right bank of the Meuse, a combined Franco-American force under American command, took Brabant, Haumont, Bois d'Haumont and Bois des Caures and then crossed the front line of February 1916. [40], The artillery of the two-corps assault group on the west bank was reinforced by 25 heavy artillery batteries, artillery command was centralised under one officer and arrangements were made for the artillery on the east bank to fire in support. Images: Remarkable photographs show a ruined Verdun, First World War battlefields reveal stories 100 years later in large photo exhibit in Paris, At crossroads of sport and war, Tour de France marks First World War centennial along battlefields, Tweets about "1914, OR 1915, OR 1916, OR 1917, OR 1918 from:wearethedead". 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