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To: Kolb
Battle of Verdun (Feb. 21-Nov. 26, 1916)Battle of Verdun, an unsuccessful German effort to take the offensive in the west, was one of the longest and bloodiest encounters of the war.

Total casualties have been estimated at about 542,000 French and about 434,000 Germans. About 1 million soldiers plus 25,000- 30,000 civilians. Book says 330,000 and 350,000

France was devastated by ww1 fought largely on French soil, an entire generation of it's bravest sons gone. Do not underestimate the French.

73 posted on 04/04/2008 1:01:33 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: jpsb

“Do not underestimate the French.”

You quite rightly cite Verdun as a terrible battle for the French, however, a lot has passed since WWI.

Vietnam (First Indo-China War)

All lost by the French since WWI, as I remember.

I don’t know that people ARE underestimating the French here. It may just be possible that you’re OVERestimating the French.

76 posted on 04/04/2008 2:33:08 PM PDT by Owl558 (Pardon my spelling)
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