Pair of World War I French “Verdun” Trench Artillery Brass Shell Casing Vases
Decorate a man’s office or a study display shelf with this pair of antique trench art shell vases from “Verdun”. Created in France circa 1915 and made of brass, the tall artillery shell casing vases feature repousse swan and floral decor in high relief. Both WWI historical memorabilia items are in excellent condition with a rich patinated brass finish. The Battle of Verdun (French: Bataille de Verdun), was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916 on the Western Front in France. The battle was the longest of the First World War and took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse. The German 5th Army attacked the defenses of the Fortified Region of Verdun, and those of the French Second Army on the right (east) bank of the Meuse. Using the experience of the Second Battle of Champagne in 1915, the Germans planned to capture the Meuse Heights, an excellent defensive position, with good observation for artillery-fire on Verdun. The Germans hoped that the French would commit their strategic reserve to recapture the position and suffer catastrophic losses at little cost to the Germans. The battle lasted for 302 days, the longest and one of the most costly in human history. In 2000, Hannes Heer and Klaus Naumann calculated that the French suffered 377,231 casualties and the Germans 337,000, a total of 714,231 and an average of 70,000 a month. In 2014, William Philpott wrote of 976,000 casualties in 1916 and 1,250,000 in the vicinity during the war. In France, the battle came to symbolize the determination of the French Army and the destructiveness of the war. 13.75″H.
|Dimensions||3.5" W x 3.5" D x 13.75" H|
Early 20th Century