WWI. Battle of Verdun. France The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of World War I and the world history. It was fought from February 21 to December 18, 1916, between the French and German armies around the town of Verdun, France. The battle involved more than two and a half million men.
Equine casualties was shocking. On 1 day at Battle of Verdun in 1916, 7000 horses were killed by shelling. By 1917, Britain had over a million horses in service,when over Britain alone had lost 484,000 horses.In total, over 8 million horses perished during the war. Many a result of extreme conditions,exhaustion, drowning and disease. Vet hospitals were set up to help horses recover from shell shock & battle wounds.BA Vet Corps treated 725,216 treated, successfully healing at least 529,064.
This blog post outlines Bashford Dean’s contribution to the design of American helmets during World War I. | Major Bashford Dean, ca. 1917. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Arms and Armor Departmental Archives