Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of a series that looks at some of the most significant events in modern world history. This episode chronicles the longest and most savage battle in the history of warfare: the Battle of Verdun. The Germans and French fought over a small piece of land from February 21, 1916, until December 19, 1916. Neither side would back down; the combined casualty list came to over 700,000 men. Historians comment on this grand folly, and archival film footage depicts the carnage.