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Walking Verdun (Paperback)

A Guide to the Battlefield

WWI Verdun Battlefield Guidebooks 1916 Military

By Christina Holstein
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781844158676
Published: 16th July 2012
Last Released: 16th September 2019



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On 21 February 1916 the German Fifth Army launched a devastating offensive against French forces at Verdun and set in motion one of the most harrowing and prolonged battles of the Great War. By the time the struggle finished ten months later, over 650,000 men had been killed or wounded or were missing, and the terrible memory of the battle had been etched into the histories of France and Germany. This epic trial of military and national strength cannot be properly understood without visiting, and walking, the battlefield, and this is the purpose of Christina Holstein's invaluable guide. In a series of walks she takes the reader to all the key points on the battlefield, many of which have attained almost legendary status - the spot where Colonel Driant was killed, the forts of Douaumont, Vaux and Souville, the Mort Homme ridge, and Verdun itself.

A new guide book from one of the most knowledgeable Western Front historians and guides. A New work by long-time battlefield guide and WFA member who also wrote an earlier Pen & Sword book on Ft. Douaumont.

WWI Historical Association

As reviewed on

Military Modelling online, June 2016 - Robin Buckland

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BBC History Magazine

By following 'Verdun', the reader will learn a great deal about the battle, which became of such legend to the French nation. Well worth buying.

The Long, Long Trail

One in the excellent 'Battleground' series of combined histories and battlefield walks from Pen & Sword which have proved so popular. This is a book that anyone with an interest in or who is visting the Verdun battlefield of 1916 will want to read or have with them. Clear, concise, informative and well illustrated.

Great War Magazine, Jan 2011
 Christina Holstein

About Christina Holstein

Christina Holstein is an independent, multilingual historian now based in Britain. A long period of residence in Luxembourg allowed her to develop her historical interests in a part of the Western Front which saw serious fighting in WWI but which is relatively unknown in the UK. She is fortunate in being able to research the battlefield with local people whose relatives either fought there or returned to live in the area after 1918, as well as with German historians and researchers. In addition to publishing four books on the Battle of Verdun, Christina regularly conducts tours of the battlefield for individuals or groups and, with her specialized knowledge of the terrain, has acted as consultant to a number of other historians and to the BBC.

The Battle of Verdun

21st February 1916

The Battle of Verdun, which lasted from 21 February to 15 December 1916, was a turning point in the First World War and Fort Douaumont was the heart of the battle. Situated at 395 metres above sea level, Fort Douaumont was in 1914 the strongest and most modern of the forts around Verdun. It formed the keystone to the French defence around the city andits possession allowed for unrivalled observation over the whole sector.

WWI: The Battle of Verdun Ends

18th December 1916

The Battle of Verdun, the longest engagement of the First World War, ends after 10 months and massive loss of life. By the time of the French victory on 18th December, 23 million shells had been fired and 650,000 lives lost.

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