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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.