"Falkenhayn, leader of the German army, develops offensive plans on Verdun, to be led by the Kronprinz and the 5th army."
"1,200 artillery pieces bomb the French positions from 7am to 4pm on a front of 10 km, on the right-side of the Meuse. In an unprecedented attack, 90,000 German soldiers rush onto 30,000 French men."
"Capture of the Douaumont fort without a fight, 10 km away from the citadel of Verdun. Joffre gives command of the Verdun front to Petain. Prepared before the battle day, the only route for army supplies links Verdun and Bar-le-Duc : it will be named “La Voie Sacrée” ."
"Order of the day from Petain: “Furious attacks from the Kronprinz soldiers have been stopped everywhere. Soldiers, gunmen, sappers and aviators have been all heroic. Germans will surely attack again. May everyone work to obtain the same success as yesterday. We’ll get them!”"
"Petain, leading the GAC (Groupe d’armées du Centre), gives command to General Nivelle."
"Germans take over Mort-Homme, the cote 304 and the village Cumières, while the French, under command of General Mangin, fail in front of Douaumont."
"Capture of the Fort de Vaux, after a heroic defense from the Major Raynal and his men."
"Intense preparation of the German artillery to shells with toxic gas. Germans attack Fort de Souville and the village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont. The French hold this last attack at a big cost."
"Start of the French and British attack in the Somme. This vast operation relieves the pressure on the French army in Verdun."
"Falkenhayn is replaced by Hinderburg and Ludendorff."
"The French take back the village and the fort of Douaumont."
"The French offensive allow to regain control of lost ground since the beginning of the German attack."