Verdun 1916

Verdun 1916

‘They shall not pass’

Campaign 93
  • Author: Ian Drury, William Martin
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 93
  • Publication Date: 22 Aug 2001
  • ISBN: 9781855329935
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

On 21 February 1916 German General Erich von Falkenhayn unleashed his hammer-blow offensive against the French fortress city of Verdun. His aim was nothing short of the destruction of the French army. Falkenhayn was sure that the symbolic value of Verdun was such that the French would be 'compelled to throw in every man they have.' He was equally sure that 'if they do so the forces of France will bleed to death'. The massed batteries of German guns would smash the French troops in their trenches and bunkers. But the French hung on with immense courage and determination and the battle became a bloody war of attrition. This title describes the destructive events of this pivotal First World War battle.

Biographical Note

William Martin served in Naval Intelligence for many years and now living in Charente, France, where he devotes his time to military history and cognac. A regular contributor to a number of military and current affairs journals, he is now writing a new biography of Marshal Petain. This is his first book for Osprey.Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Campaign 69: Nagashino 1575 and Campaign 72: Jutland 1916. Howard lives and works in Kent.


Origins of the Battle
Opposing Commanders
The Armies: The German Army
The Armies: The French Army
Opposing Plans
The Battle
The Battlefield Today

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