24/5/1916 Verdun: the Germans hold Fort Douaumont

At Verdun French troops are trying to re-capture Fort Douaumont. Some of them have made onto the fort and have managed to install themselves in one of its machine gun turrets, but they are unable to penetrate the vast structure. Now the Germans strike back, shattering the French with artillery bombardments and then mopping up the survivors with infantry counter-attacks. The Frenchmen on the fort’s superstructure are assailed by mine throwers and then rushed by German stormtroopers.

The French attempt to take the great fort has failed. Many French soldiers have died in the attempt and around a thousand have been taken prisoner. Others creep back to the French lines under cover of darkness.

image source:

The Dead (French L. MacLean, author)

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