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By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith

Echoing from the mountainous Vosges entrance of worldwide warfare 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 while the good battle broke out in his fatherland. Returning as a volunteer, he observed uninterrupted months of trench conflict within the Vosges mountains of Alsace, the single quarter the place French troops really captured German territory, a area principally overlooked in global struggle I literature.

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to relations in the United States convey a landscape of this ghastly battle: from the horror of being below 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 scuffling with within the Vosges and of the just about ritualistic shelling and constrained tactical offensives, corresponding 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 battle: the computing device gun, new airplanes, Uboats, stronger artillery, barbed cord, and poison gases.

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