Price of Glory 3
Firstpublished in 1963, “The Price of Glory” is perceived to be one ofthe best history books, and is an explicit illustration of the GreatWar experiences1.The book majorly illuminates Verdun’s strategic fortification withthe Germans aiming at defeating their enemies (theFrench armies).The Germans further aimed at trapping the French soldiers byattacking places of strategic importance to France such as Verdun andBelfort. The book primarily gives detailed information on the generalhappenings of the Great War2.Falkenhayn’s plans are approved by the Kaiser paving the way forthe battle of Verdun which the French were willing to protect at allcost. The author accurately describes the organization and groundingof the war and labels the French defenses as inherently underprepared to withhold the Germans3.
Forinstance, on 21st February, the French forces succumbed to themassive artillery bombardments instigated by the German troops. Theauthor asserts that French positions and defenses were heavilycompromised with heavy shelling by the Germans4.The French army lost most of its battalions with most failing tosuccessfully withhold the German forces. The ultimate disgrace forthe French was when the Germans captured Fort Douaumont in unclearconditions5.
TheFrench lost very many strategic locations to the enemy furtherparalyzing the operations of the army6.This was majorly because the Germans blocked access to vital suppliessuch as food, water, and artilleries to the French troops. By June,most French soldiers were already stretched to the limit, and someeven refused to go back to the battle fronts or man the trenches7.However, the French were very adamant and refused to relent despitelosing substantial grounds during the war.
Onthe other hand, the Germans too were experiencing tremendous problemswith increased casualties. This was because the French army wasgaining air supremacy and the Germans were falling short of heavyweaponry and infantries. The French were slowly regaining theirstrength and started launching a strong defense of Verdun. Notably,both the French and the Germans suffered horrific casualties duringthe war. For example, the French lost approximately 275,000 men and6500 officers while the Germans lost about 250,000 soldiers.Additionally, roughly 37 million rounds of ammunitions were firedjointly by both the French and German forces8.
Specifically,this book gives a clear graphical explanation of the causes of theGreat War, the planning, and the outcome9.The book excellently provides details of how both sides executed theGreat War leading to a vital understanding of the 1stWorld War. Overall, the book “The Price of Glory” is innatelyfascinating and portrays the battle of Verdun as one of the mostdreadful wars in history that resulted into so many casualties.
Horne,Alistair. Theprice of glory: Verdun 1916.Penguin UK, 1993.
1 Horne, Alistair. The price of glory: Verdun 1916. Penguin UK, 1993.
2 Ibid, 12
3 Ibid, 23
4 Ibid, 45
5 Ibid, 69
6 Ibid, 77
7 Ibid, 81
8 Ibid, 102
9 Ibid, 113