Walking Verdun (ePub)
A Guide to the Battlefield
Verdun The Sacred Wound
1 of 2 BBC radio 4 programmes to coincide with Christina Holstein's Verdun titles, click here to listen to the first episode.
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.
Featured inStand To!, The Western Front Association - No. 123
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 featured inBBC 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
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.
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.