The third part in James Corbett’s documentary series analysing the roots, and myths, of World War I. A week of rain, wind and heavy fog along the Western Front finally breaks, and for a moment there is silence in the hills north of Verdun. That silence is broken at 7:15 AM when the Germans launch an artillery barrage heralding the start of the largest battle the world had ever seen. Watch Part 1 here, Part 2 here. A full transcript and links to sources are available here.