4/3/1916 Verdun: German forces finally secure Douaumont village

At Verdun the Germans are preparing to attack on the west bank of the Meuse. In the meantime, fighting continues on east bank. German forces have been struggling to wrest control of Douaumont village from the French. The nearby Fort Douaumont fell without a shot being fired but the struggle over the village has become an attritional bloodbath, with each side sending ever more men to fight over its ruins. Now at last the Germans manage to secure what is left of Douaumont. The French prepare a counter-attack to recapture it, but Pétain forbids it, fearing to squander more lives over an ultimately insignificant point on a map.

A lull in ground operations ensues, but each side continues to wreak havoc on the other with their artillery.

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Douaumont village (Artois1418)

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