Our film takes place in Verdun, France and so we thought it would be nice to look into it’s history and see what it really looked like back in 1916.
The Battle of Verdun is considered the greatest and lengthiest in world history. Never before or since has there been such a lengthy battle, involving so many men, situated on such a tiny piece of land. The battle, which lasted from 21 February 1916 until 19 December 1916 caused over an estimated 700,000 casualties (dead, wounded and missing). The battlefield was not even a square ten kilometres. From a strategic point of view there can be no justification for these atrocious losses. The battle degenerated into a matter of prestige of two nations literally for the sake of fighting. (Except from Battle of Verdun Website)
Here is a look into the trenches of Verdun in 1916:
Verdun is still littered with so many bodies, arsenic and unexploded shells that nothing grows after 100 years.