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The Battle of Verdun ended on December 18, 1916. It was the longest battle of World War I, and killed 300,000 men.
“We’re stuck in the ground, we’re absorbed by it, we press ourselves close to the earth to evade the death that is everywhere.”
—Artist Fernand Léger writing from the trenches of Verdun
World War I at Verdun, unknown photographer. The Getty Research Institute. Quote from the book Nothing But the Clouds Unchanged: Artists in World War I