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1916 was a year of killing. The British remember the Somme, but earlier in the year the heart of the French army was ripped out by the Germans at Verdun. The garrison city in northeastern France was the focus of a massive German attack; the French fought back ferociously, leading to a battle that would permanently scar the French psyche. Using original French sources and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Tempus (first published October 28th 1999)
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Allen
Jun 06, 2015 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad! — Lieutenant Alfred Joubaire (Died for France at Verdun

Two horrendous battle were fought in 1916: Verdun and the Somme. The latter which lasted from July 1 to November 18, is better known to English speakers as it was fought mainly by troops from Britain and the Empire. The Somme resulted in over 1.1
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Oct 04, 2013 Einar rated it liked it
Its ok, but its hard to get a grip of the battle and therefore also the book, or the other way around. Or maybe just how the battle was, confusing.
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Jan 13, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
Considering the subject matter has been well covered before, Brown does manage to bring some new perspectives to the story.
That said, he does little to bring the horror to life.
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Malcolm Brown is a best-selling popular military historian. Originally a television producer specialising in military documentaries, he has been a freelance historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1989. Brown has researched and written extensively on the First and Second World Wars. He is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine, and lives in Reading.
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