Our book today is The Price of Glory by Alistair Horne, his pithy and magnificent history of the 1916 battle of Verdun. This book is more than a chronicle of the facts of the battle. Faced with stalemate on the Western Front, Falkenhayn, German chief of staff, came up with a plan to bleed the French army white. Se você quiser linkar o www. They do, however, possibly leave the book as less authoritative than it might first appear, although another way of interpreting this would be to consider the book as the starting point for further reading. The long-term consequences for the French would extend Horne argues up to that devastating year of 1940. His vast and in-depth knowledge of both sides is clearly from heavy research and while I spent a great deal of time looking at maps and the translator app in addition to reading, I definitely feel like I learned an enormous amount.
It shows that Verdun is a key to understanding the First World War to the minds of those who waged it, the traditions that bound them and the world that gave them the opportunity. The relentlessness and remorselessness of battle are illustrated in this book. Some light marking and creasing. Tämä on niistä toinen, ensimmäinen oli Elokuun Tykit, joka kertoi sodan ensimmäisen kuukauden tapahtumat. The haunting quote from F. It shows that Verdun is a key to understanding the First World War to the minds of those who waged it, the traditions that bound them and the world that gave them the opportunity. Whoever floundered through this morass full of the shrieking and the dying, whoever shivered in those nights, had passed the last frontier of life, and henceforth bore deep within him the leaden memory of a place that lies between Life and Death, or perhaps beyond either.
We are happy if you show our channel to your friends, fellow students, classmates, professors, teachers or neighbours. Some light marking and creasing. Overall a good condition item. He also does an admirable job explaining the questionable Why of the battle both French and German. Recommended for those interested in either the First World War or the brutality of the conflict. Sir Alistair Allan Horne was a British journalist, biographer and historian of Europe, especially of 19th and 20th century France. The Author is not a Scholar, but that does not distract from his account of France's National Martyrdom.
I use Excellent writing about the battle that took place in Verdun. The battlefield was still extremely dangerous and potted with unexploded ordinance. Well, the Germans guessed rightly that France would never surrender Verdun, which was a key fortress-town near the front lines. Its simply one of the very best books I ever read. Its aim was less to defeat the enemy than bleed him to death and a battleground whose once fertile terrain is even now a haunted wilderness. Though other battles of the First War exacted a higher toll, Verdun came to gain the unenviable reputation of being the battlefield with the highest density of dead per square yard that has probably ever been known.
Here, for instance, is a bit of his portrait of Marshal Petain: Those long years in junior command had given him an intimacy with the poilu denied to most of the other French chiefs, and because of his low rank in 1914 he knew — unlike Haig and Joffre - very well what wounded men looked, like. Horne sorts out complicating issues with the greatest clarity. Reading the books together you do have the feeling of an arc of history. Its aim was less to defeat the enemy than bleed him to death and a battleground whose once fertile terrain is even now a haunted wilderness. Siting of defensive positions and machine guns in this environment was therefore essential. Orange and brown paper covers. Centenary News is a not for profit social enterprise - that has been set up to provide independent, impartial and international coverage of the Centenary of the First World War.
Alastair Horne uses contemporary accounts from both sides to build up a picture of heroism, mistakes, even farce' Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliantly written. The lessons learned at Verdun by both sides affected tactics and strategy and technology, but were sadly not sufficient to prevent yet another worldwide conflict in the very next generation, or to stop later leaders from throwing their forces into other, smaller Verduns in that war. It was the indecisive battle in an indecisive war; the unnecessary battle in an unnecessary war; the battle that had no victors in a war that had no victors. I shall never forget the name of the man who wrote this book. That infamous standoff at Verdun between the arnies of France and Germany will remain one of the greyyest description of war in my mind. The book has withstood the test of the changing historiography surrounding the Great War.
Overall a good condition item. Nevertheless, it's a highly readable introduction to the events that became seared in French memory. But in the cramped space at Verdun where the loss of a hundred yards might lead to the loss of the city the risk of any such thinning out could not be taken by the French. Verdun was a victory, yes, but as Winston Churchill remarked, it was a victory bought at such a price as to be all but indistinguishable from defeat. Western Front battle books can be hard to read.
Horne has that novelistic eye for the pathos of everything human--for even something as dry-sounding as the fluctuations of French army tactical doctrine 1870-1940. The defining choice of the battle of Verdun was General de Castelnau's decision to defend the city, to pick up the German gauntlet, a choice Horne doesn't see as very wise--but de Castelnau was a young officer in 1870, had witnessed the headlong rout of the French army and was fearful of what might happen if he ordered a retreat from a city of great symbolic importance to French history. Alastair Horne uses contemporary accounts from both sides to build up a picture of heroism, mistakes, even farce' Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliantly written. He would attack a target they had to defend, like the forts in front of Verdun, and then let attrition take its toll. A Combat History of the First World War, Oxford University Press, 2013.