Talk:Battle of Verdun

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Former good article nominee Battle of Verdun was a Warfare good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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General statements and questions[edit]

The horrifying aspect about this battle is that the Germans never intended to overrun Verdun. Their primary goal was to win through a war of attrition. The German calculus was that they had one number of men coming to military age each year and France had a smaller. Eventually, the theory went, after both sides fought for long enough, France would be the first to run out of fighting men.

At Verdun there is now a memorial to the battle. Aside from the graves there, the bones of soldiers who could not be identified were removed from the battlefield and put in a massive Ostuary. Visitors can walk around the outside and see these bones piled inside through low windows.

I don't have a lot of details, how many soldiers' bones are there? How many graves? What were those numbers in the German calculus?—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 19:58 3 September 2003 (UTC)

Casualty figures and other problems[edit]

The article had considerable confusion about the size of the battle and the casualty figures (probably due to the usual way in which total casualties — killed, wounded, prisoner, missing — get reinterpreted as killed only). In particular there was a claim in the opening that the battle caused a million deaths. This seems rather unlikely given the official French figures of 162,308 killed or missing. There was also a claim that it was the bloodiest battle in history, which also seems very unlikely: [1] makes it the twelfth bloodiest in the 20th century. I changed the numbers and claims accordingly.

there was about a quarter million killed in all and a half million wounded.

It would be nice to be able to estimate the maximum numbers of troops on each side in the battle. Gdr 13:31, 2005 Mar 18 (UTC)

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According to French Wikipedia the 19th not 18th was the end of the battle. --JFCochin (talk) 19:08, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

Wiki isn't a source. Keith-264 (talk) 00:24, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

Entente or Allies.

Forgive me if I am wromg but I believe Allies with a capital A is more accurate here than Entente. "Allies" refers to the whole alliance against the "Central Powers" in the First World War and later came also to be used to mean the whole alliance against the "Axis Powers" in the Second World War. "Entente" means understanding which is different to an alliance and refers specifically to the "Entente Cordiale" between Britain and France only which refers to more than the 1914-18 War i.e also to peace time diplomacy. "Allies" I know smacks of one sidedness and the victors' view of history but " Entente" rather ignores the other allies of France and Britain. On the Western Front this means the independent Dominions of the British Crown (Canada,Australia,New Zealand,South Africa and Newfoundland) as well as Belgium and Portugal.On the other fronts it includes Russia,Italy,Japan,Serbia,Romania etc."Allies" is well understood and is a traditional term but I am not sure "Entente" has quite the same immediate recognition. I concede that later in the War it rather leaves USA out as they were not strictly speaking allies of Britain and France but "co-belligerents," not being at war with Austria-Hungary, Turkey or Bulgaria. Spinney Hill (talk) 22:18, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

The Allies refers to all of the states against Germany; Belgium and the US weren't part of the Entente but Britain, France and Russia were Entente powers as well as part of the Allies. British dominions weren't independent Allies, they were part of Britain so part of the Entente. When the three Entente powers are mentioned, Entente and Ally are synonymous.Keith-264 (talk) 22:34, 31 May 2017 (UTC)


Does Wikipedia use American or British spelling? Microsoft Word says "defences" should be spelled "defenses" Nedhudir (talk) 17:54, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

@Nedhudir: It varies from article to article, but should be consistent within each article. There's more about this at Wikipedia:Manual of Style#National varieties of English. This particular article uses British English; there's a note about this at the top of this talk page. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:05, 13 June 2017 (UTC)