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eBook Verdun 1916 (Battles  Campaigns) download ISBN: 0752417894
Author: Malcolm Brown
Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd; New Edition edition (October 1, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 192
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Category: History
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The Battle of Verdun, was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916 on the Western Front in France. The battle was the longest of the First World War and took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse

The Battle of Verdun, was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916 on the Western Front in France. The battle was the longest of the First World War and took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse. The German 5th Army attacked the defences of the Fortified Region of Verdun (RFV, Région Fortifiée de Verdun) and those of the French Second Army on the right (east) bank of the Meuse.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 1916 was a year of killing. Malcolm Brown is a bestselling military historian. The British remember the Somme, but earlier in the year the heart of the French army was ripped out by the Germans at Verdun. The garrison city in northeastern France was the focus of a massive German attack; the French fought back ferociously.

Chapter 3 Verdun Campaign, August 1914–February 1916. Since the Battle of Verdun, a hundred years ago, an extraordinary number of books has been written on this long and gruesome engagement. Chapter 4 The Battle of Verdun, 1916. Chapter 5 On Ne Passe Pas. Chapter 6 Conclusion.

Battle 1: Before the battle started the Germans gathered an unprecedented concentration of artillery. This firepower was unleashed at the start of the battle in a ferocious "hurricane" barrage. The French could only wait in their trenches for the awful shelling to stop. Meanwhile the Germans raced across no man's land, determined to reach the French trenches before the French could recover.

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Verdun 1916 by Malcolm Brown joins the thin ranks of English-language books written about the horrific Battle of Verdun. Although well written, Brown's book certainly does not surpass Alistair Horne's classic, the Price of Glory, which was written forty years ago. Indeed, Verdun 1916 is essentially a TV documentary on the great battle, merely committed to paper instead of the small screen. Brown, a freelance historian noted for his TV documentaries in association with the Imperial War Museum, approaches this subject with the intent of painting a portrait of war at its worst for the enlightenment of modern Europeans who are beginning to forget the awfulness of full-scale warfare. While the author follows closely in Horne's well-worn footsteps in recounting the battle itself, he does succeed in inserting new and interesting material about human facets of the battle. Verdun 1916 is not much as a campaign narrative, but it does help to put a human face on one of the worst scenes of carnage in the 20th Century.
Verdun 1916 consists of twenty short chapters, beginning with sections covering background to the battle and opposing preparations. The account of the battle itself is fairly succinct at only 118 pages and readers will get just the basic facts, with little embellishment or analysis. Indeed, the lack of any detail concerning the underground fighting in Fort Vaux or the seesaw battles in the villages around the fort are serious omissions. Certainly the greatest weakness of the book is the presence of only a single map - and a map that does not depict important villages like Fleurus, where thousands of troops died. Military readers will also note that few specific units are mentioned, that there is little or no mention of the corps and division level leaders on either side, and that few specific dates are given; as military history, this lack of specific detail just doesn't cut it. On the plus side, there are eighty photographs in the book, some of which depict interesting sidelights, such as the effect of shelling upon the city of Verdun. Scholarly readers will note the brevity of the bibliography and the over-reliance on English language sources; apparently the author made little effort to utilize French or German archival material.
The first half of Verdun 1916 covers the initial dramatic stages of the battle pretty much as Horne did, with the emphasis on the capture of Fort Douamont and Fort Vaux. Compared to Horne's dramatic prose, Brown is sparing in detail and seems intent to invoke a somber pathos. However, Brown does a wonderful job weaving together eyewitness accounts from both sides that put the battle into a better human context than Horne delivered. Whereas Horne focused on dramatic individuals at dramatic moments, in Brown's version of Verdun we read more about the fears of ordinary men expecting to be blasted into bloody pulp at any moment. One could even say that there are no heroes in this account, only victims.
At the mid-point of the book, Brown inserts a considerable amount of fresh material and perspectives on neglected aspects of the battle, such as medical units and civilians. Of particular interest is the British Urgency Cases Hospital at Revigny, which handled many of the French wounded from Verdun, and which was an early forerunner of modern combat surgical hospitals. Brown's discussion of the effect of the German bombardment upon the city of Verdun (some spots, like the Cathedral, were almost untouched) and the involvement in the battle of American pilots from the Lafayette squadron are also quite interesting.
One recent American revisionist historian, John Mosier, claims that the Germans won the battle of Verdun. Brown's book helps to dispute such assertions by demonstrating that the French army did better at Verdun that is frequently portrayed. Certainly the greatest French success was their ability to sustain their defense by means of a motorized logistic pipeline along the "Sacred Way." Indeed, Brown asks, "the success of the Sacred Way raises an important question. Why did the Germans let it happen?" Brown notes that, "the Germans had three squadrons [of aircraft] for bombing, each capable of dropping a 200-pound bomb. But they used them with little imagination." Furthermore, "not one of the thirty-four bridges in the area was destroyed by bombing...and they never troubled the Sacred Way." Thus, the German inability to seriously interfere with the French lines of communication was a major mistake. Brown also notes that while the Germans introduced some tactical innovations at Verdun - like small storm trooper units, flamethrowers and phosgene gas - that most of the ordinary German infantry still attacked in conventional battalion-size masses.
The other major French success at Verdun was their ability to recover lost ground in set-piece battles. In a one-week period in the fall of 1916, the French recaptured Fort Douamont and Fort Vaux at relatively low cost. The French army was able to mount these successful attacks after months of bloody attritional fighting, proving that the Germans had failed to achieve their objective of smashing the French fighting spirit. Brown's conclusions that there were "no winners, only victims" at Verdun glosses over the importance of the French army's ability to absorb the worst that the Germans could throw at them, and survive to launch counterattacks.
I would conclude that it adds more of the same, or what we know. This could be a very brief and perhaps unfair review. However, we must consider two very important details that may explain the genesis of the book and its contents: 1) the best book in English on Verdun is about to turn 50, the book of A. Horne, The Price of glory came in 1962 ... 2) and foremost, the Imperial War Museum is behind the publication of Brown's book ... Or what is the same, the British historiography can not afford both silent on perhaps the most notorious battle of the First World War. In brief, what offers Brown's book? Nothing new, or too little.
Nevertheless, Brown brings a fresh narrative that Horne did not offer and, of course, do not offer the French specialists - and I mean Pericard and Lefebvre. Still being the best in terms of military analysis, his style is dense and tiresome, despite the multitude of testimonies offered.
Verdun 1916 is a popular work plain and simple, with an eye-exclusively-to the British public, but an exquisite admiration for all things related to France and Verdun. His reading is pleasant, quiet and easy. The book has curious and surprising details: not a single reference to Lefebvre's or Pericard's works. It might seem a gesture more than a nod, especially by the political implications of both. The book excludes the political opinion, I value it. Yet, it is a breath of fresh air in the lonely desert of this topic in english.

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