The Silencing Mother of Verdun

Bill Harris, 48th Fighter Wing historian and Rufus the Collie pose for a photograph at Ft. Vaux, Verdun. According to Mr. Harris, in his commentary titled “The Silencing Mother of Verdun,” published Nov. 12, 2008, “Verdun, like many battles of the First World War, was the scene of incredible bravery and savage slaughter. Even today, the tortured landscape still bear the scars of thousands of shell craters, human bone fragments, and shell splinters. Verdun is to the French as the Somme is to the British and Gettysburg to the Americans.” (Courtesy photo.)

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