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By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith

ISBN-10: 1585442100

ISBN-13: 9781585442102

Echoing from the mountainous Vosges entrance of worldwide struggle 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 educating at Stanford whilst the nice struggle broke out in his place of birth. Returning as a volunteer, he observed uninterrupted months of trench battle within the Vosges mountains of Alsace, the one zone the place French troops truly captured German territory, a area mostly overlooked in international struggle I literature.

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to kinfolk in the USA exhibit a landscape of this ghastly conflict: from the horror of being lower 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 combating within the Vosges and of the just about ritualistic shelling and restricted tactical offensives, resembling the assault at Steinbach in December 1914. His later letters have been written from the sanatorium, from officer education tuition, and from front on the Somme. He relays information of all of the significant battlefields—Flanders, Verdun, Russia, Austria, Gallipoli, Italy, Serbia, and the Suez. He additionally reviews at the new expertise that modified the character of struggle: the computer gun, new airplanes, Uboats, more suitable artillery, barbed twine, and poison gases.

Drama and a sympathetic human voice mix to make this account of a littlereported French entrance a worthwhile addition to the literature on global conflict I. no matter if traveling the battlefields of Europe, gaining knowledge of 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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