Then there is jankowskis verdun the longest battle of the great war unlike mosier he does not claim the battle lasted from 1914 to 1918 but actually covered the actual battle of 1916 both mosier and jankowski include a long detail bibliography but it is clear that only the latter actually read all those books and documents . The battle of verdun french bataille de verdun bataj d vdoe german schlacht um verdun laxt m vdoe fought from 21 february to 18 december 1916 the longest battle of the first world war was fought on the western front between the german and french armies the battle took place on the hills north of verdun sur meuse in north eastern france. Verdun will go down in history as the slaughterhouse of the world american ambulance driver verdun verdun the longest battle of the great war by paul jankowski is an account of a single battle lasting almost the entire year of 1916 jankowski is a history professor at brandeis university outside of boston massachusetts. Verdun the longest battle of the great war paul jankowski jankowski offers a total history of a battle mixing the old history with the new and the cold calculus of terrain gained and lives lost with the depths of human experience on both sides. 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 soldiers experience the institutional structures of the
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