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Osprey's examination of the destructive events of a pivotal battle of World War I (1914-1918). On 21 February 1916 German General Erich von Falkenhayn unleashed his hammer-blow offensive against the French fortress city of Verdun. His aim was nothing short of the destruction of the French army. Falkenhayn was sure that the symbolic value of Verdun was such that the FrenchOsprey's examination of the destructive events of a pivotal battle of World War I (1914-1918). On 21 February 1916 German General Erich von Falkenhayn unleashed his hammer-blow offensive against the French fortress city of Verdun. His aim was nothing short of the destruction of the French army. Falkenhayn was sure that the symbolic value of Verdun was such that the French would be ‘compelled to throw in every man they have.’ He was equally sure that ‘if they do so the forces of France will bleed to death’. The massed batteries of German guns would smash the French troops in their trenches and bunkers. But the French hung on with immense courage and determination and the battle became a bloody war of attrition....

Title : Verdun 1916: 'They shall not pass'
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ISBN : 9781855329935
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Verdun 1916: 'They shall not pass' Reviews

  • Emily
    2018-12-09 22:31

    I've been looking for a decent book (in English) on Verdun for a while and found this when browsing a second-hand bookshop. It has a lot of detail about the various battles and troop movements and the truly horrifying statistics on the loss of life incurred over the course of the campaign. There are a good amount of pictures to illustrate a "then and now" picture of the area.There wasn't as much on the actual Forts themselves as I had hoped but there were some good diagrams, which were interesting.

  • Bob Daugherty
    2018-11-29 02:22

    Very good overview of the battle. Weakness is its short length which makes the author have to summarize many of the events. Includes some less seen pic of the battle as well as some good current views of the battlefield and forts. Short of the maps are very useful to use while reading other Verdun books

  • John
    2018-11-19 02:19

    An excellent introductory account of one of the grimmest episodes of the First World War.

  • Jan
    2018-11-30 19:15

    Concise and engaging, very recommendable for the reader wanting a brief overview before diving into more detail