21st February 1916/2016 Verdun


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Dec 1, 2015
"Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad!"
(A. Home - The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916)


The longest engagement of World War One began on 21st February 1916 and ended in December the same year leaving c. 300.000 killed and worst-case estimate almost a million wounded on both sides. Due to the fact that the German army was simultaneously engaged on Somme and on the Eastern Front, Verdun is considered as the turning point and a victory for France. Even though it came at a horrible cost. France is going to commemorate this event mainly on 29th May but there is some programme prepared also for the upcoming weekend http://en.verdun-tourisme.com/ If you happen to travel by, don´t forget to pay a visit, or just stop for a moment whatever you´re doing and wherever you are and remember. Traditionally, every time such a commemorative day approaches, me and my family have our own way to pay tribute - we head out to the range. See you all on Monday.