This classic account of World War One from a French officer’s perspective has not previously been translated for the original French. Highly Recommended.
NAME: From Marne to Verdun, The War Diary of Captain Charles Delvert 101st Infantry 1914-1918
AUTHOR: Charles Delvert, translation Ian Sumner
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: French Army, WWI, The Great War, World War One, First World War, 1914-1918, Western Front, 1st Battle of the Marne, Fort Vaux, Battle of Verdun
DESCRIPTION: This classic account of World War One from a French officer’s perspective has not previously been translated for the original French.Highly Recommended.
This book is particularly valuable because it is a translation of a diary kept by a French offer from 1914 to 1918.
There is no traditional photo plate section to illustrate the text, but there is no sense of loss at that. This speaks for the vivid writing of the very personal account of life in the French Army one hundred years ago during a terrible war of attrition.
A Captain is a mid rank officer, between the juniors and the field ranks, having command of a Company in the French Army structure of the time. This provides a particular perspective with some knowledge of the wider field but still a common view from the lines. The author traced the opening battles of 1914 in what was a war of movement, through the increasingly static and bloody warfare that cost so many young lives on both sides. The most famous part of his diary covers the period when he commanded the 8th Company of the 101st Infantry in the defence of Fort Vaux at Verdun. This is considered one of the most revealing records of the Battle of Verdun, when his small band held off a series of German attacks.