FRANCE - VILLAGES DETRUITS DE VERDUN
This village was razed to the foundations by shell piling. According to biogeographer Jean-Paul Amat, author of the book "Les forêts de la Grande Guerre" (Ed. PUPS, 2015), nearly 200,000 gas shells were exchanged over a few square kilometres in the Froideterre-Souville-Fleury-Thiaumont area between 21 and 23 June 1916 alone. Over the 175 km2 of the battleground from 21 February to 23 July, the belligerents rained about 40 million bullet or explosive shells of all calibres, an average of 2250 shells per hectare, one shell for less than 5 square metres.