‘The Lower Town, Verdun’
The stereograph shows the shattered remains of Verdun in France c.1918. The city found itself on the front line during World War One and the Battle of Verdun took place in the vicinity during most of 1916. It was to be one of the bloodiest and longest battles in world history. There were around 450,000 German casualties and a similar number of French casualties. Almost one million men were either killed or injured in this one battle alone, many as a result of artillery shells. The German assault along the line was eventually rebuffed and much of the city was left in ruins.