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Just imagine a village of 400 people with stones made houses and church and before the rolling thunder of shells falling on them
And now here is the village
Shells hole, and trees
This village and 8 others have been declared Dead for France, and it has been decided to plant trees
but you will always see the shells holes, even after one century.
From June to August 1916 the village changed hands 16 time
My first stop in this pilgrimage was for the Fort de Vaux.
During the Verdun Battle the assault against the fort occured from June 1st up June 7th
Let's havea look inside the fort, the quality of this picture is not perfect but it gives you the reality of the inside of the fort, moisty, dark cold, during the battle there was odors of powder, gas, death and other ones!!!
This picture shows Fort sleeping room
Here is the infirmary of the fort
10. MY SHARE OF TRUTH ON CAUSE OF THE DEFEAT
My very dear readers, I do not have the whole truth, but I do try to acquire a part of it. Here are, in my opinion, the structural causes of the French defeat.
10.1. Lack of Communication
Based on their experience in WWI, the French HQ of 1940 relied heavily on phones rather than radio; this was known as the Brun network. The French HQ believed the radio would offer information to the German Abwehr. While this may be true on strategic level, it was a dramatic error on the tactical level.
Updated 21 Jun 11 at 15:39 by jlbetin
MAY-JUNE 40 CAMPAIGN
ITS MYTHS, HEROES & LEGENDS.
Thanks to AlanP for his help in translating my Frenglish to pure English
Just over 65 years ago, on June 18 1940 , an almost unknown General, the future hero of a ravaged France , made a call to French resistance on the BBC. This was in stark contrast to Marshal Pétain, hero of Verdun , who had the day before announced on French Radio to an incredulous and stunned France that the combat had to cease. Pétain, who five years
Updated 21 Jun 11 at 15:40 by jlbetin