VAUX: The Last Days of Fort Vaux – Henry Bordeaux

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  • Paperback : 252 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8563838178
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5 x 0.57 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Independently published (November 12, 2020)
  • Language: : English


Those two syllables that have already become historic ring out today like the brazen tones of a trumpet. Of the battle, of the victory of Verdun, here is a single episode: that of Fort Vaux, beleaguered for three months in March 1916 and lost for a brief space on June 7.

The present work deals with the admirable defence of Fort Vaux from March 9 up to that dramatic moment. This defense gave the world an opportunity of gauging the stamina of those at the front and their powers of resistance.

The novelist M. Henry Bordeaux was peculiarly entitled to write The Last Days of Fort Vaux. He followed the Battle of Verdun as a captain on the Staff and was mentioned in dispatches in the following terms:

“An officer who under all circumstances has displayed the highest military qualities. He volunteered on March 9, 1916, to perform, in our first line, an exceptionally dangerous mission, and carried it out under a furious bombardment.”