How Did the Battle of Verdun Come to Symbolise WWI? (for the French, at Least)

After the French stopped the Germans on the Marne, the most important battle of the War was Verdun. Verdun was the most drawn out battle of the War and considered by most historians to have been the greatest battle. German Chief of Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn, accurately concluded in 1915 that the key to winning the war lay not on the Eastern Front, but on defeating the French Army on the Western Front. Falkenhayn maintained that if France could be defeated in a major set-piece battle, Britain would have no other option than seeking terms from Germany. This of course is a strategy the Germans could have pursued in 1914. If they had attacked France directly instead of through Belgium, they would not have had to fight the Belgians and British and in all likelihood would have prevailed on the Western Front. Falkenhayn correctly assessed that the French would consider the defense if Verdun as a matter of honor. His plan was essentially to bleed the French white in the defense of Verdun. One historian claims this is what all commanders said after their offensives failed and that he was actually trying to achieve break through. Strachan Verdun and surrounding fortifications were a strategic French position located on the eastern section of the Western Front and thus was fought by the Germans and French without British involvement. The battle took place in 10 km square around the French fortifications at Verdun. The battle began with a German offensive (February 21, 1916). The Germans hammered at Verdun for 8 months, but because of the British to the west could not concentrate all of their forces. General Henri Philippe Petain made the words " They shall not pass." (Ils ne passeront pas.) famous during the battle. The Germans were unable to completely surround Verdun. The French at great cost maintained a road connection to supply their ebatteled forces in Verdun. It came to be called the "Sacred Way". Verdun was the greatest bloodbath in European military history. Casualties totaled an incredibke 0.7 million men. The fighting did not end until the end of the year (December 19). Falkenhayn was correct in many respects. The Germans came very close to breaking the French Army. They did destroy it as an offensive force. In the process, however, the German Army was also weakened. This Falkenhayn had not foreseen. And not only would the British after the Somme begin building a large conscript army, but the Kaiser was in the process of bringing America into the War with its huge reserves of manpower. And a German Army weakened by Verdun would have to face them. • Suggested Reading

Hindu is the majority religion in India and still they feel insecure when it comes to Ram Mandir-like issues. Are Hindus afraid that the reconstruction of the Babri Mosque will turn this country into an Islamic nation?

We, the Educated people of India want Mandir/Gurudwara instead of mosque Because ? :Muslims burnt our thousands of temples and churches. But time has come , and we are going to stop it. We want justice and our belief back.Ram mandir will serve food to millions like historical Golden temple of Amritsar irrespective of religion whether they are muslim or hindu.

Ram mandir is our one of the major holy place. Historically Ram mandir is important from more than thousands of years.This mosque BABARI represents Islamic kings and leaders can rape, can kill, convert others to islam and in the end they will be remembered and worshiped with name of mosque as BABAR. We all hate that BABAR who killed lakhs of patriot kshatriyas and girls. It is as like naming a temple ajmal kasab. Both killed people. Will you make memorial of Kasab ? tell me?In some mosques, Imams teach , Not to sing Vandematram,the national anthom, the news flaired on national television and preach that this country should be converted to islamic. I and thousands more have wittnessed with our own eyes. People fear that Instead of food, bullets from islamic terrorists will be served if mosque allowed to build there.We want freedom from that. We want equality.This is IMAM in a Saharanpur mosque, Uttarpradesh, It was on news so now it is resolved by government , but Even muslims dont know, gradually they are being brainwashed by Imams silently.

History of India says only islam has broke India into pieces each time and killed people on the name of imaginary heaven. But no longer it will repeat, it is now democracy.Muslims are not that bad in India like of syria and pakistan.

A child is always innocent. see.

But Imams and forign interfere convert them into terrorists and killers says think tanks. When they grow up, see some of mosque products, see. Instead of reading science books, they do this by going to mosque. image of JAMA mosque, Delhi, I don't know what this image tells:What is in Mandir see, see :What is in mosque see, see my dear:The French Find Surprises in MosquesWell, Not Really Just These Things: Whole world knows my dear , whole world, who taught to do 9/11 and 26/11, I am not naming particular religion, but you know them.Hindus and sikhs give food in Bhandaara Or Langar, Even christians invest in hospitals and schools,Learn love from them.. But christians, hindus and shikhs from pakistan and Kashmir are vanished. That is main concern rather than one Babri mosque. Ask this question instead.Thanks for upvote.Refrences: Yahoo search.Note: This answer has been produced by some instances and my experiences. Not all mosques may lead to same. I am not against any religion


Who would win a fight between Mongols led by Genghis Khan and Spartans led by Leonidas?

This question has a couple of ways to look at it. One is a basic death match of 2 armies in the open. They don't really need to be in the open even, I'm not sure the Spartans would do very well even in a more difficult terrain. Anything short of Thermopylae would do for the Mongols. And even that one is not certain. This is a case that clearly is to the advantage of the Mongols. You don't even need the mongol technology, a look at the battle of Ephesus during the Ionian revolt will show clearly what will happen. The hoplite shield was a good defense item, but even their contemporary arrows were dangerous enough for them. At the Battle of Marathon the Greeks ran towards the Persian line in a loose formation so they can get out of the kill zone faster and only formed into the phalanx close to their lines. Obviously arrows were a danger for them since such a risk was taken. So in such a battle the horse archers are clear favorites.But history is not really full of these death-matches. Battles did not happen in vacuum. So the more realistic scenario is that the Mongols would invade the Spartans. I will not hammer home the advantages of the stir-ups, steel weapons and gunpowder weapons. In any realistic scenario they wouldn't be almost 2 millennia of technology apart. Instead i will look at a more general strategic and logistic situation. Mongol land invasion of the Greek islands and peninsula would be the worst environment for them. Their large cavalry forces would be hard to maneuver in that terrain and foraging would be a gigantic problem. They would most likely be dependent on a supply fleet, and they will also need this supply fleet to be able to invade the many many islands they will need to conquer. And here is where the problem lies. Mongols and boats did not go well together. The Greeks would obliterate the Mongol army. In face of an invasion Sparta would not fight alone, all the Greeks would be in it. And to get to Sparta you have to go past a lot of other city-states. So the Mongols might get a good start and burn and destroy some of the Greek cities, much like Xerxes did. But then they will run out of supplies and the Greek resistance in the islands will not go away. So in a longer term consideration my money is on the Greeks. Before all said and done the Greeks would have learnt the hard way the strategy employed by the Mongols and before they would have adapted pretty fast. Persians also had lots and lots of horse archers and they also came in numbers much superior to any Mongol force that reached East Europe. And they didn't find the Greek states such a walk in the park. In fact, it was their undoing


If the Huns are a far eastern Asian tribe why are they commonly depicted as having Germanic features such as blonde hair and white skin?

White-washed Hollywood and Eurocentric folks. I have seen Genghis Khan and other east asian nomadic conquerors portrayed as being caucasians. Fortunately, we now have a very good knowledge as to where the Huns came from if you put some extensive effort into researching. There are genetic datas available but it goes unnoticed and overlooked. I have never heard Huns being depicted as being blonde hair or white skin by the legitimate historians or by the anthropologists. Too many opinionated bullshit and conjectures out here and there as many people still rely on the old story and knowledge from some 50 years ago or so.

Yes, it came from East and Central Asia.

I posted this on other Quora regarding the Huns.Jordanes provided the physical appearance of Attila. Short of stature, with a broad chest and a large head; his eyes were small, his beard thin and sprinkled with grey; and he had a flat nose and swarthy skin, showing evidence of his origin. This is not a typical feature of the Turkic people but rather the Mongolic features of East Asia.Heres a longer explanation as to whyThe Xiongnu from Mongolia/Manchuria predates the Huns in Europe (as they showed up 200 years later from the northern borders of China). Many scholars have debated for years and many now are in a agreement that theyre the same confederacy who have reached Europe. There were many Turkic tribes in Central and Western Asia. Many of the Mongol or Manchu origin of Xiongnu have integrated with the Turks, Alans, and other nomadic people as they travel further to the west. The Russian anthropologist (1960s) provided the ethnological details of the skulls and the skeletal remains when visited the Hunnish and Avar cemetary sites in Hungary and Romania. Most of Hunnish elite leaders had a striking resemblance to modern Manchurians and the elite Avar skeletal remains with central Mongolians. He has also noted that the most of calvary remains were either intermixed or homogenous. Overall, it had a higher Turkic related remains (70% Turkic vs 30% Mongoloid). Whats interesting about his report is that all the elite/leader skulls were purely Mongoloid/East Asian without any mixture of Turkics.Heres a recent analysis.Huns, Avars and conquering Hungarian nomadic groups arrived into the Carpathian Basin from the Eurasian Steppes and significantly influenced its political and ethnical landscape. In order to shed light on the genetic affinity of above groups we have determined Y chromosomal haplogroups and autosomal loci, from 49 individuals, supposed to represent military leaders. Haplogroups from the Hun-age are consistent with Xiongnu ancestry of European Huns. Most of the Avar-age individuals carry East Asian Y haplogroups typical for modern north-eastern Siberian and Mongolian Buryat populations and their autosomal loci indicate mostly unmixed East Asian characteristics. Give those Huns real credit instead of constantly being whitewashed by the western media and Euroccentric academic circles.

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