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The Resource Verdun : the longest battle of the Great War, Paul Jankowski

Verdun : the longest battle of the Great War, Paul Jankowski

Label
Verdun : the longest battle of the Great War
Title
Verdun
Title remainder
the longest battle of the Great War
Statement of responsibility
Paul Jankowski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At seven o'clock in the morning on February 21, 1916, the ground in northern France began to shake. For the next ten hours, twelve hundred German guns showered shells on a salient in French lines. The massive weight of explosives collapsed dugouts, obliterated trenches, severed communication wires, and drove men mad. As the barrage lifted, German troops moved forward, darting from shell crater to shell crater. The battle of Verdun had begun. In Verdun, historian Paul Jankowski provides the definitive account of the iconic battle of World War I. A leading expert on the French past, Jankowski combines the best of traditional military history-its emphasis on leaders, plans, technology, and the contingency of combat-with the newer social and cultural approach, stressing the soldier's experience, the institutional structures of the military, and the impact of war on national memory. Unusually, this book draws on deep research in French and German archives; this mastery of sources in both languages gives Verdun unprecedented authority and scope. In many ways, Jankowski writes, the battle represents a conundrum. It has an almost unique status among the battles of the Great War; and yet, he argues, it was not decisive, sparked no political changes, and was not even the bloodiest episode of the conflict. It is said that Verdun made France, he writes; but the question should be, What did France make of Verdun? Over time, it proved to be the last great victory of French arms, standing on their own. And, for France and Germany, the battle would symbolize the terror of industrialized warfare, "a technocratic Moloch devouring its children," where no advance or retreat was possible, yet national resources poured in ceaselessly, perpetuating slaughter indefinitely. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
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1950-
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Jankowski, Paul
Dewey number
940.4/272
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D545.V3
LC item number
J36 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Verdun, Battle of, Verdun, France, 1916
  • Verdun, Battle of, Verdun, France, 1916
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Verdun, Battle of (France : 1916)
  • France
Label
Verdun : the longest battle of the Great War, Paul Jankowski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
840803615
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 324 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780199316892
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013013998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)840803615
Label
Verdun : the longest battle of the Great War, Paul Jankowski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
840803615
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 324 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780199316892
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013013998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)840803615

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