The Battle of Verdun was one of the major battles during The Great War on the Western Front. It was fought between the German and French armies, from 21 February-18 December 1916.
Verdun resulted in 306,000 battlefield deaths (163,000 French and 143,000 German combatants) plus at least half a million wounded an average of 30,000 deaths for each of the ten months of the battle. It was the longest and one of the most devastating battles in the First World War. Verdun was primarily an artillery battle: a total of about 40 million artillery shells were exchanged.