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Map of the battlefield of Verdun, showing the line on February 21, 1916, when the initial bombardment began, the line reached in the first days of the offensive, and the line reached by June. From 'The German General Staff and its Decisions, 1914-1916' by General Erich von Falkenhayn, Chief of the German General Staff, who staked his position on the Battle for Verdun. He was replaced in August, 1916.
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Battles on the Meuse, 1916
a—German line before attack
b—line reached by attack
c—line reached in June

Map of the battlefield of Verdun, showing the line on February 21, 1916, when the initial bombardment began, the line reached in the first days of the offensive, and the line reached by June. From 'The German General Staff and its Decisions, 1914-1916' by General Erich von Falkenhayn, Chief of the German General Staff, who staked his position on the Battle for Verdun. He was replaced in August, 1916.

Image text

Battles on the Meuse, 1916



a—German line before attack

b—line reached by attack

c—line reached in June

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Wednesday, February 23, 1916

"In the afternoon of February 23rd [1916], while we had not retired a single foot, order was given us to withdraw carefully, for, the Waville wood having been taken, we ran the risk of being surrounded. We waited for the night to come. Some of our men, when they learned that we were to leave, protested, asking to be allowed to fight and die on the spot. However, tactical reasons obliged us to evacuate Herbebois, and we had to reckon with the general situation."

Quotation Context

A French officer's account of his regiment's withdrawal from Herbebois in the northeastern salient of Verdun. The Battle of Verdun had begun with a German bombardment of over 1,000 guns on the 21st. Bois des Caures, northwest of Herbebois, had fallen on the 22nd, exposing the left of the officer's line.

Source

The Great Events of the Great War in Seven Volumes by Charles F. Horne, Vol. IV, 1916, p. 55, copyright © 1920 by The National Alumnia, publisher: The National Alumni, publication date: 1920

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1916-02-23, 1916, February, Verdun, Battle of Verdun, Herbebois