fighting at Verdun
sent home postcards of all kinds. The cards in a certain way help us understand
a bit about the battle. I will use this section to show a few of my favourites.
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I have chosen to show a few over the top illustrations of the battles as seen
by a German artist named W. Burger. Ignoring certain "details" Burger
painted a series of pictures showing the various sectors of the battlefield. While
there is no shortage or errors in the pictures, they do give a sense of the
dramas which took place on the heights around Verdun.
Lorraine, German artillery fires into the hills where the infantry is dying. Note
the bursting shrapnel clouds.
Storming of Fort Douaumont, although much blood would flow in and around the
fort, the intitial "storming" was a bit less dramatic.
In the town of Verdun, some landmarks which
are still very recognisable today
the French guns at Bethincourt
the forest of Avocourt,
the men from Bavaria
and Württemberg attack
night attack is shot to pieces on the aptly named "Toten Mann" (Dead