This photo is of modern troops in WW1 garb. Even if not the actual troops, the men in uniform help make it real and not just black and white. Why were they wearing baby blue? Anything was better than the red pants they started out wearing in WW1.
Charles De Gaulle was wounded at Verdun. He was taken prisoner, and tried to escape multiple times. Once he made it within 100 miles of the Swiss border but was caught.
Not everyone survived Verdun. By the end of March 1916, the French has sustained nearly 90,000 dead and wounded at Verdun. De Gaulle was lucky. He lived to fight another day.