View of a badly war-damaged hilly landscape after the battle of Verdun in 1916, with smashed and burnt trees and a pathway in the foreground. The Germans commenced the year 1916 by launching a massive offensive, attacking the French salient around Verdun, 200 kilometres east of Paris. After a period of six months the French and German casualties exceeded half a million. Paul Mansard was a.
Home. ossuary Welcome to the Douamont's Ossuary. History of Ossuary. The battle of Verdun, February 21, 1916-December 1916, 300 days and 300 nights of terrifying, endless battles. 26 000 000 shells fired by artillery, namely, 6 shells per m2, millions of broken bodies, and about 300 000 French and German soldiers reported missing. August 1920. The first two headstones were sealed by Marshal.