“They Shall not Pass"
by William Martin
illustrated by Howard Gerrard
S u m m a r y
||Published by Osprey
||Well detailed; provides
good historical perspective
Reviewed by John Prigent
The tragedy of Verdun is well known, with both German attackers and French
defenders pouring men into the sausage machine for this vital position.
Here the origins of the attack are shown, with the cynical German
calculation that the French Army could be bled dry by sucking more and
more of its men into the fight.
The book is very well detailed, with accounts of each attack and
counter-attack from the initial German assault to the French recovery of
Fort Douaumont eighth months later which ended the battle.
This is an essential reference for anyone interested in the Veredun
campaign, and a valuable addition to any library covering the First World
Review Copyright © 2001 by John
Page Created 23 August, 2001
22 July, 2003
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