Verdun 1916

The Renaissance of the Fortress

J.E. Kaufmann, H.W. Kaufmann

* Fresh history of the Battle of Verdun focusing on the role of the fortifications

* Graphic and concise account of the tactics and the fighting

* Sets the battle in the context of developments in military technology

* Written by one of the foremost authorities on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fortifications

* A new perspective on one of th
Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
100 integrated illustrations
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473827028
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
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Wrapped in myth and distortion, the Battle of Verdun is one of the most enigmatic battles of the Great War, and the controversy continues a century later. Before the battle the Germans believed they had selected one of the strongest points in the French defenses in the hope that, if they smashed through it, the French would collapse. But Verdun was actually a hollow shell since its forts were largely disarmed and the trench lines were incomplete. So why did the Germans fail to take Verdun?

As well as seeking to answer this fundamental question, the authors of this perceptive new study reconsider other key aspects of the battle – the German deployment of stormtroopers, the use of artillery and aircraft, how the French developed the idea of methodical battle which came to dominate their military thought after the war. They look too at how Verdun brought about a renaissance of fortress engineering that resulted in the creation of the Maginot Line and the other fortifications constructed in Europe before the Second World War.

About The Author

J.E. Kaufmann is a retired teacher and presently an adjunct professor at Palo Alto Jr. College.

H W Kaufmann, PhD, is a retired professor, and they live in the United States. Their most recent books on fortifications are The Maginot Line, The Atlantic Wall, The Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945: The Central States and The Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945: The Neutral States.

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