By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith

ISBN-10: 1585442100

ISBN-13: 9781585442102

Echoing from the mountainous Vosges entrance of worldwide conflict I come the infrequent money owed of an elite French foot soldier—a chasseur à pied. Robert Pellissier, born in France in 1882, had grown up within the usa and was once instructing at Stanford whilst the nice battle broke out in his fatherland. Returning as a volunteer, he observed uninterrupted months of trench struggle within the Vosges mountains of Alsace, the single area the place French troops really captured German territory, a area mostly ignored in global struggle I literature.

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to family in the US express a landscape of this ghastly struggle: from the horror of being less than hearth with 3 thousand German shells falling at the French troops each day to the monotony of lengthy quiet hours spent in chilly, rainy trenches. He writes of the grinding and indecisive personality of the struggling with within the Vosges and of the virtually ritualistic shelling and restricted tactical offensives, akin to the assault at Steinbach in December 1914. His later letters have been written from the sanatorium, from officer education college, and from front on the Somme. He relays information of the entire significant battlefields—Flanders, Verdun, Russia, Austria, Gallipoli, Italy, Serbia, and the Suez. He additionally reviews at the new know-how that modified the character of battle: the computer gun, new airplanes, Uboats, better artillery, barbed twine, and poison gases.

Drama and a sympathetic human voice mix to make this account of a littlereported French entrance a invaluable addition to the literature on international warfare I. even if traveling the battlefields of Europe, learning the heritage of the warfare, or sitting in an armchair at domestic, readers will locate Pellissier a competent and personable guide.

The greatnephew of Robert Pellissier and a minister via profession,

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