Monday, 24 October 2016

They Shall Not Pass

I'm reading this now and it is one of those books that you can't put down. I've wanted to do something with the new range of 15mm late war French from Peter Pig since they came out, so this book is a potential source of inspiration. I also have a family angle on this too, as my wife's great grandfather was killed in 1914 in the Race to the Sea and many other relatives fought at Verdun in 1916. It's still an emotive issue in Brittany as the Bretons were treated as cannon fodder by the French high command, more so than other units and with the inevitable results.


  1. Last year I read a book on the French perspective of WW1. It was a real eye opener.
    The PeterPig late war French are cracking figures and there are some nice painted examples on the new forum.

  2. Reading about Verdun always evokes a mix of emotions in me--admiration and astonishment at the bravery and dedication of the common soldier on both sides; disdain and disgust for the High Command on both sides. An especially tragic part of a tragic conflict.

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

  3. It's a place I plan to visit next year, if I can find the time, as it represents the conflict for most French people my wife included.