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Victor Préauchat Victor Préauchat was an innkeeper in Saint-Méen-le-Grand. Enlisted in March 1915, he was killed on June 29, 1916, at Thiaumont-devant-Verdun, aged of 40. On arrival at the military camp, he was given a red kepi covered by a blue kepi cap, cartridge belts, a shovel, particularly for digging trenches as well as a Lebel rifle. After putting on his soldier's uniform, he had to get into a truck and head straight for the Chattancourt trenches.

His name was Victor Préauchat. Incorporated into the 47 RI of Saint-Malo, he died at Verdun on June 29, 1916. Three days earlier, he had written his last letter.

What color was the kepi given to Victor Préauchat when he arrived at the military camp ?





Verdun remains one of the longest and deadliest battles of the First World War. Artillery was responsible for 80% of casualties, and the men's role mainly consisted of surviving and dying in the worst possible conditions on ground transformed into hell, all for no military result. In all, 306,000 men lost their lives in the battle, and 412,000 were seriously wounded.

February 21st - December 18th, 1916

How many casualties were there during the Battle of Verdun ?

~700 000

~1 500 000

~450 000

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700 000 casualties

This terrible battle was started by the German army. According to General von Falkenhayn, commander-in-chief of the German army, the aim of the battle was to destroy the French army and started with a rain of shells. Indeed, 1,200 cannons pulverized the French on the morning of the 21st of February.The general wanted to put an end to the war of position and relaunch the war of movement.

What kind of war started following the orders of General Von Falkenhayn ?

a war of position

a war of movement

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A war of movement