22 June 1916
- German forces resume their offensive near Verdun, targeting Fort Souville. At 10pm they fire 110,000 grenades containing poisonous phosgene gas. One by one the French guns fall silent. The Germans take the village of Fleury just two miles north of Verdun, but French counter-attacks prevent any advance south. Verdun has become a battle of attrition for both sides with a death toll approaching 500,000.
- British Pathe documentary about the state of affairs on the front line and on the home front in 1916. Time To Remember – The Better ‘ole 1916
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