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Walking where heroes fell,
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This review is from: Walking Verdun: A Guide to the Battlefield (Battleground) (Paperback)
Having been an ameteur world war one historian for over 20 years and after visitng most of the British line of the western front, I decided to vist the French sector a couple of years ago and was amazed at what there is to see. Verdun is one of those great atmospheric battlefields whose lunar lanscape has been softened with forest, but there is much to see. On that visit I missed out on walks and guides to the area. I am visiting again next week (Oct 2009) and bought the book to assist me. Knowing a little about the battlefield and its geography after my first visit, Christina Holsteins book would appear to be invaluable. Of particular interest to me is the area around Mort Homme and Hill 304. Christina delivers a guide to walk around Mort Homme which I don`t think I could have found without this guide. Other walks detailed in the book seem accessible and easy to follow, and I hope to walk some of her suggestions on my visit.
There is little in English about the French army of the Great war. They seem the forgotten army of the conflict. This book is to me, an important guide that will assist people like me who want to learn more and visit the places where men died in their thousands for misguided prinicpals in a world that bore no resembelance to the one we live in today.
On a personal note, I have coresponded with the author for some help in finding the area where the 92 French Infantry Regiment attacked at Mort Homme in March 1916.Not only is the lady incredibly knowledgable, but approachable and extremely helpful.That is a massive recommendation in itself.
This no magnificent work on the scale of Hornes "Price of Glory", but anyone wanting to visit this sacred battlefield or just learn a little about what happended there, buy this book and go and walk where heroes fell.