France is to hold international commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Verdun on May 29th 2016. The German Army launched its offensive against the symbolically important target of Verdun on February 21st 1916. The fighting lasted almost until Christmas and cost around 300,000 French and German lives.
Unbill today 9 villages are uninhabitable. Thousands of blind shells lie under the soil, together with the bones of more than 80 thousands soldiers. The landscape is still heavily marked by the battle 100 years ago.