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The first thing a visitor sees on entering this small city astride the Meuse is a sculpted figure with its mouth wide open in a terrible silent scream.

It was on 21st February 1916 that Kaiser Wilhelm launched his “limited offensive” against the French bastion of Verdun. With a strategy unprecedented in the history of warfare, he sought to lure the French army into a place it would have to defend for strategic and moral reasons. His choice fell upon the fortress town of Verdun, 150 miles east of Paris. There the French army would be “bled white,” by the…

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