The Verdun Regiment -

The Verdun Regiment

Into the Furnace: The 151st Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Verdun 1916



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Although the French fielded the largest number of Allied troops on the Western Front in the First World War, the story of their soldiers is little known to English readers. The immense size of the French armies, the number of battles they fought, and the enormous losses they incurred, make it difficult for us to comprehend their experience. But we can gain a genuine insight by focusing on one of the defining battles of that war, at Verdun in 1916, and by looking at it through the eyes of a small group of soldiers who served there. That is what Johnathan Bracken does in this meticulously researched, detailed and vivid account. The French 151st Infantry Regiment spent fifty days under fire at Verdun in 1916 and another thirty-five in 1917, and lost 3,200 soldiers killed or wounded. Yet their ordeal was no different from that of hundreds of other infantry units that fought and endured in this meat-grinder of a battle. Their diaries and memoirs tell their story in the most compelling way, and through their words the larger human story of the French soldier during the war comes to life. AUTHOR: Johnathan Bracken has had a lifelong interest in history, and military history in particular, and has made a special study of the French army in the First World War. He is the president of the living-history organization, le 151e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne, and he works as an Information Governance Analyst in New York City. 20 illustrations

Product code: 9781526710291

ISBN 9781526710291
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 269
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Graphic, first-hand French soldiers' accounts of the experience of battle at Verdun. The book follows a single French infantry regiment through the course of the battle .