The French fired over 1,000,000 shells at the Germans and on the 15th they attacked with 8 divisions. The artillery destroyed the front line of the Germans and wiped out half of there forces. The French would later capture Vacherauville and Louvemont. They captured over 11,000 men. The counter offensive on the 18th and so did the battle of Verdun. Over 600,000 died in this battle.