The Battle of Verdun was the longest fight of all the battles of WWI, lasting from February of 1916 to December of that year. It was also the largest battle of the global conflict, with a staggering number of munitions used and soldiers deployed. The chaos resulted in massive casualties and destruction. German and French troops who fought at Verdun on the Western Front used increasingly brutal tactics like flamethrowers and gas, the effects of which are only some of ways WWI changed the world forever.
Pictures from the Battle of Verdun reveal the hardship and horror of WW1, as well as the shocking aftermath. WWI relics and photos of hardened soldiers reveal the grueling truths about trench life and display a very human side of war. By the end of the ten-month battle, very little changed in terms of advantages - neither side had gained significant ground upon the other. The landscape was devastated, and nearly a million lives were lost. Check out these photos compiled below for a small window into the brutal Battle of Verdun.