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The Battle of Verdun

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Called "the worst battle in history" by military historian Sir Alistair Horne, the Battle of Verdun took place from February 21 through December 18, 1916, making 2016 the 100th anniversary of this major battle in the war to end all wars. Approximately 700,000 men fell in this one battle. The book offers an exciting popular narrative, with emphasis on key personalities invo ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Lyons Press
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William J.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The greatest fault of this book is the fuzzy printing of the pictures and maps. The pictures are very gray and most of the maps are illegible. The description of the battle and the leaders of both the French and Germans is excellent. Alan Axelrod has done an excellent job in researching the strategic and tactical elements of Verdun. According to the historians as reported by the author, between 1.14 million French and 1.25 million German soldiers fought from 21 February 1916 and 20 December 1916 ...more
Heinz Reinhardt
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Since there are other, longer, reviews of this work, I will strive to keep mine brief.
WWI is a conflict that is still, largely, a gap in my knowledge queue. The centennial in 2014 peaked my interest, and Max Hastings sold me on studying the war with his marvelous Catastrophe: 1914. Verdun was a battle that, until now, I had read little on beyond the chapters in general histories and articles in military history journals and magazines. As such, I wished to find a decent book on the battle to beg
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Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., is a prolific author of history, business and management books. As of October 2018, he had written more than 150 books, as noted in an online introduction by Lynn Ware Peek before an interview with Axelrod on the National Public Radio station KPCW. Axelrod resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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