Excerpt from The Last Days of Fort Vaux: March 9-June 7, 1916
Of the battle, of the victory of Verdun, here is a single episode that of Fort Vaux, beleaguered for three months and lost for a brief space on June 7.
Its defence takes us back past centuries emblazoned w... ith military renown, and recalls our heroic poems of the Middle Ages. It is a Song of Roland in which the protagonist, unseen yet ever present, is the honour of France.
Even as Roland, blowing his horn, recounted from afar the drama of Roncevaux to Charlemagne as he went back across the mountains, so the fort, up to the last moment, kept the supreme command informed of its life and its death-throes by means of signals and carrier-pigeons.
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