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At the beginning of the second phase of the Battle for Verdun already it had become obvious that the management of operations by General von Falkenhayn had failed. It was not possible, as he had assumed, to control the battle with low own and very high French losses. On the contrary, it slipped out of his hand. In the end the losses on both sides were equally high. After the First World War, the battlefield around Verdun was preserved as a monument of the war in its devastated state and was only partially reforested. In 1984, in the large French war cemetery, in front of the so-called charnel-house, were the bones of thousands of German and French soldiers are kept, President Francois Mitterrand and Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl set the seal on the accomplished overcoming of the enmity betweenGermanyandFrance, which had lasted for centuries.

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