By Joshua K. Brown,Leonard V. Smith
Pellissier’s diary and his letters to kin in the US convey a landscape of this ghastly battle: from the horror of being below 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 battling within the Vosges and of the virtually ritualistic shelling and restricted tactical offensives, reminiscent of the assault at Steinbach in December 1914. His later letters have been written from the health center, from officer education college, and from front on the Somme. He relays information of all of the significant battlefieldsFlanders, Verdun, Russia, Austria, Gallipoli, Italy, Serbia, and the Suez. He additionally reviews at the new know-how that modified the character of battle: the desktop gun, new airplanes, Uboats, more desirable artillery, barbed cord, and poison gases.
Drama and a sympathetic human voice mix to make this account of a littlereported French entrance a precious addition to the literature on international battle I. no matter if traveling the battlefields of Europe, discovering the heritage 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 way of profession,
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