From left to right: Henk van Drie,Herman Koppenol,Kees Leenheer,Ronald Cossee,Rob Leenheer and Rene Brouwer.
Every year I, Ronald Cossee, go to Verdun with my friends for a few days. We visit the monuments and the battlefields of the First World War (1914-1918) in the surroundings of the city.
The Battle of Verdun in 1916 was marked by the extraordinary and, at that time new, massive deployment of artillery.
In the eyes of the commanders of the German Empire, the continuous hail of grenades and bullets was supposed to make the French army bleed to death. The French contributed to some extent to this set-up by making the battle a prestige issue.Two thirds of the French army was sent to this front so that the Germans could definitely not break through. About 270,000 soldiers were killed at the Verdun front and about 492,000 were wounded.