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Germany, France mark 100th anniversary of Battle of Verdun

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined French President Franç​ois Hollande for ceremonies on Sunday marking the 100th anniversary of the battle of Verdun.

About 300,000 soldiers died in the 10-month campaign that was among the most gruelling WWI battles

History re-enactors dressed as First World War Austro-Hungarian soldiers and a woman dressed as being from that time period walk among the ruins of Fort de Troyon, a labyrinthine fortress built into a hilltop and one of the many forts used by the French to defend the region around Verdun. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined French President François Hollande for ceremonies on Sunday marking the 100th anniversary of the battle of Verdun.

A wreath-laying ceremony was to be held at the German war cemetery in Consenvoye, just north of Verdun. A second event was planned at the Douaumont ossuary, a memorial containing the remains of 130,000 French and German soldiers who died on the battlefield.

One of the largest battles of the First World War on the Western Front between the German and French armies, it was fought over 303 days in  1916.

More than 300,000 soldiers were killed in one of the most costly battles in human history.

Here is how re-enactors commemorated the battle in northeast France.

A history re-enactor dressed as an Austro-Hungarian soldier walks among the ruins of Fort de Troyon near the town of Verdun, France on Saturday. The governments of France and Germany were commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War Battle of Verdun with ceremonies on Sunday. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
History re-enactors dressed as Austro-Hungarian soldiers look up into a ventilation shaft while walking inside the labyrinthine ruins of Fort de Troyon. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Re-enactors dressed as German soldiers pay their respects and leave German soil at the foot of tombstones and crosses at the cemetery of Troyon in eastern France on Saturday, as part of the 100-year commemoration of the Battle of Verdun. (Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images)
Locals and history re-enactors dressed as First World War French soldiers attend a commemoration ceremony at a memorial in Haudainville village on Saturday, near Verdun. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Men dressed as German soldiers march past a re-enactor dressed as a First World War French soldier as they depart after attending a commemoration ceremony Saturdsay at the French First World War cemetery, where nearly 5,000 fallen soldiers lie, in Verdun. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Men dressed as French soldiers depart after attending a commemoration ceremony at the First World War French cemetery, where nearly 5,000 fallen soldiers lie. About 300,000 soldiers lost their lives in the 10-month campaign that was among the most gruelling battles of the war. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A history re-enactor dressed as a First World War French soldier walks among tombstones prior to the commemoration ceremony at cemetery. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)