The Road to Verdun: World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism

By Ian Ousby

On February 21, 1916, the Germans introduced a shock offensive at Verdun, a tremendous citadel in northeastern France, sparking a brutal and chronic clash that will declare greater than 700,000 sufferers. The carnage had little influence at the process the warfare, and Verdun finally got here to represent the absurdity and horror of trench warfare.

Ian Ousby bargains a thorough reevaluation of this cataclysmic conflict, arguing that the French undergo large accountability for the mindless slaughter. He exhibits how the battle’s roots lay within the Franco-Prussian warfare and the way its legacy helped lay the basis for international warfare II. Merging highbrow substance with excellent conflict writing, The street to Verdun is a relocating and incisive account of 1 of an important battles of the 20 th century.

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