Verdun
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Verdun

A French fortress that was continually expanded since the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871. With its 20 forts and 40 intermediate redoubts, Verdun was without any doubt the strongest defense work in France. The principal forts in the vicinity of Verdun included Douaumont, Vaux, Souville, and Tavannes. Verdun was considered to be practically impregnable. During the German advance of August 1914, the German Fifth Army (under Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia) operated in the sector before Verd…

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Krumeich, Gerd, “Verdun”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0606>
First published online: 2015



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