The town of Verdun in northeastern France is famous for sugar-coated almonds. It is also famous for its World War I battlefield where half a million French and German soldiers died in 1916. Seeing the area is an education, putting America's late-arriving, long-distance contribution to the war in the context of the French struggle, which started when the nation went to war with Germany in 1914 and ultimately claimed the lives of more than 1.5 million French.
Susan Spano /Los Angeles Times
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