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Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I, 1914-1918


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The Battle of Verdun during the First World War stands as one of historys greatest clashes. Yet it is also one of the most complex and misunderstood.

Although British historians have always seen Verdun as a one-year battle designed by the German chief of staff to bleed France white, historian John Mosiers careful analysis of the German plans reveals a much more abstract and theoretical approach. From the very beginning of the war until the armistice in 1918, no fewer than eight distinct battles were waged there. These conflicts are largely unknown, even in France, owing to the obsessive secrecy of the French high command.

Our understanding of Verdun has long been mired in myths, false assumptions, propaganda, and distortions. Now, using numerous accounts of military analysts, serving officers, and eyewitnesses, including French sources that have never been translated, Mosier offers a compelling reassessment of the Great Wars most important battle.


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Table of Contents

The Price Of Glory Preface

1. La Débâcle

2. Joffre of the Marne

3. Falkenhayn

4. Operation Gericht

5. The Waiting Machine

6. The First Day

7. The Fall of Colonel Driant

8. Breakthrough

9. Fort Douaumont

10. De Castelnau Decides

11. Pétain

12. The Take-over

13. Reappraisals

14. The Mort Homme

15. Widening Horizons

16. In Another Country

17. The Air Battle

18. The Crown Prince

19. the Triumvirate

20. 'May Cup'

21. Fort Vaux

22. Danger Signals

23. The Secret Enemies

24. The Crisis

25. Falkenhayn Dismissed

26. The Counterstrokes

27. The New Leader

28. Aftermath


Bibliography of Principal Sources

Reference Notes


Product Details

Mosier, John
New American Library
Horne, Alistair
Military - World War I
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