The Battle of Verdun was an apocalyptic nightmare that cost 600,000 dead over ten months in 1916. It was a war of annihilation with Germany attempting to destroy the French Army. In the first of two in-depth features, History of War issue 27 looks at the strategy that was employed by both the French and German armies in this destructive showdown between two European neighbours.
Issue 27 also has two in-depth interviews with British veterans from the World War II and the Falklands War. “To Hell and back” looks at the extraordinary military career of 96 year-old Victor Gregg, an outspoken regular soldier who joined the British Army in the late 1930s and fought at El Alamein and Arnhem amongst many other places before being captured and surviving the horror of the Dresden bombing in 1945. “Great Battles: Goose Green” includes an interview with Philip Neame, the commander of D Company during the hard-fought paratrooper battle that influenced the course of the Falklands War.
Also in Issue 27:
- Frontline: French Foreign Legion
- Britain’s Tomahawk Warriors
- Victoria Cross Hero: Horace Martineau
- Operators Handbook: De Havilland Mosquito
- Scourge of Europe: The Huns
- The Briefing: Carnage in Kashmir
- Artefact of War: Confederate Cipher