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France marks Battle of Verdun centenary

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France marks Battle of Verdun centenary

<p>France has been marking the centenary of the World War I Battle of Verdun.</p> <p>A re-enactment of the conflict featured the sound of shellfire. </p> <p>The German Army launched its offensive against the symbolically important target of Verdun on February 21,1916.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Verdun starts <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Verdun2016?src=hash">#Verdun2016</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WW1?src=hash">#WW1</a>:<a href="https://t.co/T8CjokbYrt">https://t.co/T8CjokbYrt</a> <a href="https://t.co/HFShKaNRC2">pic.twitter.com/HFShKaNRC2</a></p>— Centenary News (@CentenaryNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/CentenaryNews/status/701351006274195456">February 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It was the bloodiest battle of the war, second only to that of the Somme. </p> <p>The fighting lasted almost until Christmas. 300,000 French and Germans were killed.</p> <p>A memorial took two years of work and a twelve-million euro investment to complete. </p> <p>“My father was a German solider in 1914,” said Luc Heinrich, “so a big part of this is in memory of him.”</p> <p>“Tomorrow the young will have forgotten,” said one man dressed as a soldier. “But it’s thanks to these men that we are free.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today's blog marks the anniversary of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WW1?src=hash">#WW1</a> Battle of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Verdun?src=hash">#Verdun</a>, using letters from MS 2326 <a href="https://t.co/3I3eUSgbKo">https://t.co/3I3eUSgbKo</a> <a href="https://t.co/BAYujqkpJK">pic.twitter.com/BAYujqkpJK</a></p>— Birmingham Archives (@TheIronRoom) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheIronRoom/status/701376772504477696">February 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Sunday’s commemorations included old film footage, readings from different first-hand accounts of the battle, musical performances and a Mass.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We Will Remember Them<br /> The Battle Of Verdun <a href="https://t.co/6VQQFgE3IT">pic.twitter.com/6VQQFgE3IT</a></p>— Forcespride (@poppypride1) <a href="https://twitter.com/poppypride1/status/701377033369214976">February 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>