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Jan 27, 2021 · According to National Geographic, the unexploded bombs and live artillery shells that still litter the French city of Verdun and the surrounding area remain dangerous, more than a century later. To deal with the threats properly, the French government deploys a special munitions-clearing agency, the Department du Deminage, to remove these explosive remnants of World Wars I and II from Verdun and other parts of the country.
Jan 27, 2021 · Why The French City Of Verdun Is Littered With Explosives. Verdun was a fortress city on the River Meuse, and a strategically-vital link in the French sector of the Allied line on the Western Front. To the French people, Verdun was also a symbolic fortress and a national treasure. The loss of such a citadel would be an enormous blow to French morale.
Jun 23, 2015 · Inside the toxic grave of the longest battle in history: The French forest where 300,000 died in 300 days at the Battle of Verdun is still littered with so many bodies, arsenic and unexploded ...
The battle for Verdun in 1916 was the longest in history, with millions of shells fired over 10 months At its end in December of that year, the French victorious, an area larger than the city of Paris had been destroyed The French labelled it a 'Zone Rouge' shortly after the end of the war, leaving it to be reclaimed by nature
Oct 27, 2016 · This is because of events that took place during World War I. The Germans and the French faced off on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse in …
Sep 07, 2016 · While the French relied mostly on 75 mm field guns at the outset of the battle for Verdun, the Germans used new inventions notably stormtroopers with flamethrowers. Grenades, machine guns, and poison gas were also introduced, but the favorite used by both sides was high explosive artillery shells designed to obliterate trenches and stone forts.
I wrote in my post on the Iron Harvest that somewhere around fifty million artillery shells were fired during the course of the battle. Along with conventional explosives, many of these shells carried poison gas. Phosgene and chlorine gas was the ones most frequently used at Verdun; mustard gas came later. This was trench warfare.