By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith

Echoing from the mountainous Vosges entrance of global conflict 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 used to be educating at Stanford while the good conflict 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 zone the place French troops truly captured German territory, a zone mostly missed in global warfare I literature.

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to kin in the United States express a landscape of this ghastly battle: from the horror of being less than hearth 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 combating within the Vosges and of the virtually ritualistic shelling and constrained tactical offensives, similar to 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 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 struggle: the laptop gun, new airplanes, Uboats, enhanced artillery, barbed cord, and poison gases.

Drama and a sympathetic human voice mix to make this account of a littlereported French entrance a useful addition to the literature on international conflict I. even if traveling the battlefields of Europe, discovering the historical past 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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