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Did German's win a major victory when they captured Verdun?
October 06, 2014 11:12PM
In WWI, the Germans did not capture Verdun. However, the battle for Verdun in 1916 lasted about 300 days. The French were able to defend Verdun, but casualties on both sides were high. Over 700,000 men died during this battle.
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Who won the Battle of Verdun?
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