To fully comprehend the full scale of the fighting in the Great War a visit to the French and American battlefields of the Verdun area is highly recommended.
“Every sign of humanity has been swept away. The woods and roads have vanished like chalk wiped from a blackboard; of the villages nothing remains but grey smears. During heavy bombardments and attacks I have seen shells fall like rain”. This was the scene as witnessed by a pilot flying over the battlefield of Verdun, in the later stages of the fighting.