Fortifications of Verdun 1874-1917 (Fortress, Volume 103)

Fortifications of Verdun 1874-1917 (Fortress, Volume 103)

Clayton Donnell

ISBN: 1849084122
EAN: 9781849084123
ASIN: 1849084122
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: 2011-04-19
Number of Pages: 64
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The conflict of Verdun is among the preferable and notorious battles in background. whereas the conflict is remembered for acts of horror, bravery, and honor, it's also heavily entwined with the hoop of fortifications equipped to safeguard the major city of Verdun at the Meuse River that lay within the course of the German attack.

When one thinks of Verdun, one additionally thinks of Douaumont and Vaux, forts at the some distance fringe of the battlefield that got here to represent the French fight to regain their land from the Germans. within the months after its catch, fortress Douaumont's turtle-shaped heights stood as an final target and motive force for the French military. The negative wrestle that happened within the tunnels of castle Vaux serves for example of the way the French tried to carry directly to the final inch of land to the final man.

From 1874 to the outbreak of worldwide conflict I in 1914, development and development of the fortifications of Verdun endured continuous. It used to be thought of by means of army engineers to be the most powerful position in Europe and certainly it will possibly were when it comes to flanking hearth insurance of the battlefield, firepower from its 155mmnn and 75mm weapons and howitzers, and its concrete safeguard. even if, none of this got here to the brain of common Pétain while, after the unanticipated and successive destruction of the forts of Liège, Namur, Antwerp, and Maubeuge by means of the German heavy siege weapons, he determined that everlasting forts have been not of significant value.

As a outcome, all of Verdun's artillery items no longer in mounted turrets have been got rid of and the fort garrisons stripped right down to upkeep crews. hence, it was once a really assorted castle that confronted the Germans in 1916. besides the fact that, because the conflict advanced and the price of the forts, not just as patriotic symbols yet strategic pursuits and strong strongholds was once regained, the tide grew to become back, affecting not just the result of the conflict, yet destiny army engineering techniques and ideas that may eventually produce the Maginot Line.

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