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By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith

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

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to kin in the USA express a landscape of this ghastly conflict: from the horror of being lower than fireplace with 3 thousand German shells falling at the French troops on a daily basis 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, similar to the assault at Steinbach in December 1914. His later letters have been written from the health center, from officer education tuition, 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 desktop gun, new airplanes, Uboats, enhanced artillery, barbed twine, and poison gases.

Drama and a sympathetic human voice mix to make this account of a littlereported French entrance a necessary addition to the literature on global conflict I. no matter if traveling the battlefields of Europe, studying the historical past of the battle, or sitting in an armchair at domestic, readers will locate Pellissier a competent and personable guide.

The greatnephew of Robert Pellissier and a minister through profession,

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