Day One

Welcome to the blog of the World War One Historical Association.

On Feb. 1, 1916, Major General Beeg, who commanded the artillery for Germany’s Fifth Army, reported to General Erich von Falkenhayn that he had the guns in position for the attack on Verdun, France.

More than 1,200 guns. With more than 2 million shells. The initial bombardment was nearly 24 hours long.

Of course the city was virtually destroyed, though the Germans never managed to take it. It’s a pretty little place now.

Except for this: