A French Soldier’s War Diary 1914-1918

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Very little has been published in the English language about the French experiences in the Great War. This is a great shame because the BEF and the French divisions fought closely together and it was their co-operation that avoided early defeat and won eventual victory. This book is an account by a French officer that was first published in French in 1971. A flowing translation has brought this fascinating story to English language readers.

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NAME: A French Soldier’s War Diary 1914-1918
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2180
AUTHOR: Henri Desagneaux, Edited, Jean Desagneaux
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 112
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, trench warfare, no-man’s-land, mining, static war, war of attrition, over the top
ISBN: 1-47382-298-X
IMAGE: B2180.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Very little has been published in the English language about the French experiences in the Great War. This is a great shame because the BEF and the French divisions fought closely together and it was their co-operation that avoided early defeat and won eventual victory. This book is an account by a French officer that was first published in French in 1971. A flowing translation has brought this fascinating story to English language readers.

The writer was trained as a lawyer who was mobilized as a reserve, reached the rank of major and was decorated for his bravery. It is interesting to compare his experiences with those accounts by and of British officers of the same period. After the war the writer returned to local government, remobilizing as a major in 1940. He died in 1969 and his diary was saved through its publication in French in 1971. Happily, a number of similar documents that were written, but never published, then published after the death of the writer decades later by family members have also survived and become public information.

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