The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of the war. It resulted in a draw but it is estimated that there were over one million casualties.The impact that this battle had on France was one of the main reason Britain initiated the Battle of the Somme. It was fought on hilly land between France and Germany. This plan was formulated by General Von Falkenhiyn. He wanted to “bleed France white”. Verdun was a French Fortress and a symbol of power, which is why Germany decided it was the perfect place for an attack. The battle ended in French victory and they recaptured the ground they had lost, including the Fort Douaumont.