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Echoing from the mountainous Vosges entrance of global battle I come the infrequent debts of an elite French foot soldier—a chasseur à pied. Robert Pellissier, born in France in 1882, had grown up within the usa and was once educating at Stanford while the good struggle broke out in his place of origin. Returning as a volunteer, he observed uninterrupted months of trench war within the Vosges mountains of Alsace, the one area the place French troops truly captured German territory, a zone principally missed in global conflict I literature.

Pellissier’s diary and his letters to kin in the United States exhibit a landscape of this ghastly warfare: 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 battling within the Vosges and of the just about ritualistic shelling and constrained tactical offensives, comparable to the assault at Steinbach in December 1914. His later letters have been written from the health facility, from officer education tuition, 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 know-how that modified the character of warfare: the computer gun, new airplanes, Uboats, more desirable 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. no matter if vacationing the battlefields of Europe, learning the heritage of the struggle, or sitting in an armchair at domestic, readers will locate Pellissier a competent and personable guide.

The greatnephew of Robert Pellissier and a minister through profession,

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