Verdun: The Left Bank

Verdun: The Left BankVerdun: The Left Bank by Christina Holstein
ISBN: 9781473880375
Published by Pen and Sword on February 29, 2016
Genres: Battles & Campaigns
Pages: 190

This is the author’s fourth book in Pen and Sword’s Battleground Europe series covering the Battle of Verdun in 1916. Although there is a short 2-page section at the beginning called “Advice to Tourers,” it is not meant to be a battlefield guide. The book includes a plethora of historical and modern black & white photos.

Most of the histories of the 11-month battle focus on the German capture of Fort Douaumont in February in the initial attack, the offensive of 23 June when French commander Pétain considered withdrawing, or the final attempt on Fort Souville that summer. These all took place in the central area of the Right (East) Bank.

There were nine battles in the area of the Left Bank, generally referred to as the battle of the flanks, that included the struggle to reach Fort Vaux. As author Holstein points out “During that period [end of February through May] the flanks were not a sideshow to the battle; they were the battle….”

Well researched and a nicely done short history.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

Walking Verdun: A Guide to the Battlefield

Walking Verdun: A Guide to the BattlefieldWalking Verdun: A Guide to the Battlefield by Christina Holstein
ISBN: 1844158675
Published by Pen & Sword Books on July 2009
Genres: Travel, World War I
Pages: 176

Len's Summary: A new guide book from one of the most knowledgeable Western Front historians and guides. // A New work by long-time battlefield guide and WFA member who also wrote an earlier Pen & Sword book on Ft. Douaumont.

Fort Douaumont: Verdun

Fort Douaumont: VerdunFort Douaumont: Verdun by Christina Holstein
ISBN: 9781783032358
Published by Casemate Publishers on April 1st 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 230

Len's Summary: Second, revised edition of a fine guide and history book by WFA a member who specializes in the Verdun battlefields.