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By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith

Echoing from the mountainous Vosges entrance of worldwide battle I come the infrequent bills 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 whilst the nice battle broke out in his native land. Returning as a volunteer, he observed uninterrupted months of trench war within the Vosges mountains of Alsace, the one sector the place French troops really captured German territory, a region mostly overlooked in international battle I literature.

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to family in the US 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, similar to the assault at Steinbach in December 1914. His later letters have been written from the health facility, from officer education university, 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 battle: the computing device 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 worthwhile addition to the literature on global conflict I. even if traveling the battlefields of Europe, gaining knowledge of the background 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 by means of profession,

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