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FROHE WEIHNACHTEN

Ger­man sol­diers cel­e­brate Christ­mas on the front­line near Ver­dun. While these men caroused, their fate was be­ing de­cided. On 24 De­cem­ber, Ger­man high com­mand made the de­ci­sion to press on with Op­er­a­tion Judge­ment – an all-out at­tack on the French city of Ver­dun, which would be­gin the fol­low­ing Fe­bru­ary. The nine-month cam­paign cost both sides dearly – ap­prox­i­mately 306,000 men were killed and nearly half a mil­lion wounded.

1915

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