[ver-duhn, vur-; French ver-dœn]
- a fortress city in NE France, on the Meuse River. A German offensive was stopped here in 1916 in the bloodiest fighting of World War I.
- a city in S Quebec, in SE Canada.
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Alistair first came into fame with his book about the Battle of Verdun, The Price of Glory.Lessons from Another War
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Was it not true that only the day before there had been a rumor that Bazaine was at Verdun?The Downfall
But this regiment, the 257th Infantry, is in garrison at Verdun!
The train whistled, slowed down, entered the station of Verdun.
It bore the Paris postmark: on it was drawn the route from Verdun to the frontier.
At Verdun, along the entire frontier, there were nests of these noxious vermin.
- a fortified town in NE France, on the Meuse: scene of the longest and most severe battle (1916) of World War I, in which the French repelled a powerful German offensive. Pop: 19 624 (1999)Ancient name: Verodunum (ˌvɛrəˈdjuːnəm)
- Treaty of Verdun an agreement reached in 843 ad by three grandsons of Charlemagne, dividing his empire into an E kingdom (later Germany), a W kingdom (later France), and a middle kingdom (containing what became the Low Countries, Lorraine, Burgundy, and N Italy)
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