By Ian Ousby

Verdun was once the biggest, the longest and the bloodiest conflict among the French and Germans within the First international battle, lasting from February 1916 till the top of the 12 months and claiming extra then 700,000 casualties. For the French particularly, it used to be continuously greater than only a conflict, being fairly (in Paul Valery's phrases) 'a entire warfare in itself, inserted within the nice War'. Ian Ousby's masterly booklet provides a dramatic and brilliantly illuminating account of the generals' making plans and the troops' ache. while it demanding situations the slim horizons of army heritage by means of finding the adventure of Verdun in how the French had thought of themselves because the debacle of the Franco-Prussian struggle. Verdun emerges because the mid-point within the cycle of Franco-German hostility, wearing either the load of heritage and - if merely through the presence at the battlefield of fellows like Petain and de Gaulle, France's leaders within the subsequent struggle - the seeds of the longer term. the line to Verdun will significantly problem each reader's view of France - and the very nature of conflict.

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