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There is a special place nearby the Douaumont Ossuary, surrounded by a legend. The area, strategically important as direct access to Souville and then Verdun, now houses a monument, the Bayonet Trench. The story tells that during the Battle of Verdun the German artillery made an entire trench collapse on the heads of the French soldiers, burying them alive, and leaving only the bayonets comes out from the ground. Others argue that the Germans, astonished by the strenght of the soldiers, buried...
Despite the efforts and the very high losses, the German offensive on Verdun led to a stalemate, clashing with tough French resistance. For France Verdun would represent both the symbol of victory in the Great War, and the terrible sacrifices sustained.
"I was exhausted, but I could not sleep. The professor of greek came to find me. He was depressed. Even his battalion had attacked, far left, and been destroyed, like ours. He spoke to me with his eyes closed. - I'm afraid to go mad, - he said. - I go crazy. Someday, I will kill myself. You have to kill yourself.

I did not know to tell him anything. I felt the waves of madness come closer and disappear. At times, I could hear the lapping of the brain in the skull, like water shaken in a...
The Battle of Verdun, fought between the French and German armies on the Meuse between February and December 1916, was the longest battle of the First World War. This battle of attrition, whose symbolic impact greatly exceeded its strategic and political importance at the time, became the metonymic expression of the horrors of modern warfare.

 
Lyrics of O Gorizia tu sei maledetta (In english “Oh Gorizia you are cursed), folk song of anonymous author, referring to the battle that led to the Italian conquest of the city, between 7 and 10 August 1916. The song is characterized by strongly anti-military tones. The last verse, often, is not mentioned, because of allegations of insulting the state institutions.
Gorizia in popular song
O Gorizia, you are cursed / for every heart that feels consciousness;...
Averted the danger brought Austrian offensive in Trentino in May, between 9 and 10 August 1916 the Italian Supreme Command unleashed the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo, in which there were losses of 50,000 Italians and 40,000 Austrians. To support the main offensive effort there were the troops of General Luigi Capello (1859 - 1941), who had managed to get a strong artillery mass capable of destroying the Austrian defenses, allowing them to take the city of Gorizia after the bloody battle....
"I can never describe that faint, sickening, horrible smell which several times nearly knocked me up altogether.
(Captain Leeham British Army, talking about the first day of the Battle of the Somme)

 
The Battle of the Somme, which began in July 1916, was the direct result of a joint strategy of the Entente forces decided during a summit in Chantilly in December 1915. On that occasion joint offensives were planned against the Central Powers. The...
The Somme Offensive, was a battle fought by the army of the British Empire against the German Empire. The first day of the offensive was the worst day in the history of the British Army, which had almost 60.000 casualties, mainly on the front section between the road from Albert to Bapaume and Gommecourt, where the attack was defeated and few British troops reached the German front line. The British Army on the Somme was a mixture of the remains of the pre-war regular army, the Territorial...
The victorious offensive in the summer of 1916, that permitted to the 8th Russian Army of ease the pressure on the French and forced to a disastrous retreat the Austro-Hungarians, bears the name of the general who led it. Aleksei Brusilov (1853 - 1926) was descended from a family that for three generations had served the Czar; among others, his grandfather served as an officer during the attack of Napoleon's troops in 1812. His military career began with the Page Corps at the Military Academy...
Fritz Weber (1895-1972), an officer of the Austro-Hungarian army, was in the garrison of Fort Verle (now in Trentino), he fought on the Asiago Plateau, the Pasubio and the Karst. From his work, Das Ende einer Armee is taken this testimony related to the early days of Strafexpedition.
May 1916, from Mount Verle to Monte Verena.

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