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Poilu

Poilu

Poilu

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Publisher: Yale University Press

Isbn 10: 030020695X

Category: History

Number of Pages: 473

Number of Views: 1723

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“An exceptionally vivid memoir of a French soldier’s experience of the First World War.”—Max Hastings, New York Times bestselling author Along with millions of other Frenchmen, Louis Barthas, a thirty-five-year-old barrelmaker from a small wine-growing town, was conscripted to fight the Germans in the opening days of World War I. Corporal Barthas spent the next four years in near-ceaseless combat, wherever the French army fought its fiercest battles: Artois, Flanders, Champagne, Verdun, the Somme, the Argonne. First published in France in 1978, this excellent new translation brings Barthas’ wartime writings to English-language readers for the first time. His notebooks and letters represent the quintessential memoir of a “poilu,” or “hairy one,” as the untidy, unshaven French infantryman of the fighting trenches was familiarly known. Upon Barthas’ return home in 1919, he painstakingly transcribed his day-to-day writings into nineteen notebooks, preserving not only his own story but also the larger story of the unnumbered soldiers who never returned. Recounting bloody battles and endless exhaustion, the deaths of comrades, the infuriating incompetence and tyranny of his own officers, Barthas also describes spontaneous acts of camaraderie between French poilus and their German foes in trenches just a few paces apart. An eloquent witness and keen observer, Barthas takes his readers directly into the heart of the Great War. “This is clearly one of the most readable and indispensable accounts of the death of the glory of war.”—The Daily Beast (“Hot Reads”)


Mr. Poilu; Notes And Sketches With The Fighting French [Illustrated Edition]

Mr. Poilu; Notes And Sketches With The Fighting French [Illustrated Edition]

Mr. Poilu; Notes And Sketches With The Fighting French [Illustrated Edition]

Author: Herbert Ward

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

Isbn 10: 1782893334

Category: History

Number of Pages: 100

Number of Views: 1868

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Illustrated with 45 pictures and vignettes many in colour. Herbert Ward was a patriotic and passionate Englishman at an unfortunate juncture in his life during the First World War, he was over 40 and would not be allowed to enlist in the British Army for service in the fields of Flanders under ordinary circumstances. However this was a minor issue when the Kaiser’s German hordes advanced to within artillery range of his home in France; he at once gave over his large estate to the Red Cross and argued and created so much fuss that he was finally allowed to join the famous No. 3 Convoy of the British Ambulance Committee. He worked with at a furious rate and his work with the units, which was attached to the French army at the time, surely saved many lives of the “Poilus” that he so admired. Despite the huge burdens that work placed him under he set about recording the admirable bravery and courage of the Allied French soldiers fighting the common German foe.


A Volunteer Poilu

A Volunteer Poilu

A Volunteer Poilu

Author: Henry Beston

Publisher: Good Press

Isbn 10:

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 196

Number of Views: 1864

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"A Volunteer Poilu" by Henry Beston. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.


A Volunteer Poilu [Illustrated Edition]

A Volunteer Poilu [Illustrated Edition]

A Volunteer Poilu [Illustrated Edition]

Author: Henry Beston Sheahan

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

Isbn 10: 1782893113

Category: History

Number of Pages: 206

Number of Views: 1743

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Illustrated with a number of photographs from the French Front Lines in and around Verdun. Also Includes The Americans in the First World War Illustration Pack - 57 photos/illustrations and 10 maps. Henry Beston Sheahan was a noted American novelist and naturist who wrote many well-known books, including the Cape Cod classic The Outermost House; he volunteered for service in the French Army during the First World War. In volunteer Poilu he recounts his experiences in the American Ambulance Service in the evacuating casualties in and around Verdun during 1916. In the midst of the bloodiest prolonged siege in the world at that time the number of wounded French soldiers were prodigious; the Ambulance services needed every able body even if they did come from the neutral United States. In spite of the huge workload that Sheahan undertook he managed to scribble notes of scenes and anecdotes of the great battle and the soldiers of the French Army. A rare and movingly written memoir from the Great Battle of Verdun.


From "Poilu" To "Yank," [Illustrated Edition]

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From "Poilu" To "Yank," [Illustrated Edition]

Author: William Yorke Stevenson

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

Isbn 10: 1782893490

Category: History

Number of Pages: 105

Number of Views: 1931

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Contains 17 illustrations that the author took whilst in France. William Yorke Stevenson was one of a hardy bunch of American volunteers who joined the French army as an ambulance driver and was, indeed, a driving force behind American aid for the many wounded soldiers. As he was initially posted to the Verdun sector he would see the effects of some of the worst fighting on the entire Western Front which he recounted in his first book “At the Front in a Flivver”. His experiences continue in this volume which carries the action into 1917 and the further bloody battles that the French undertook to retake the ground lost to the Germans in 1916. Needless to say the casualties were horrific and Stevenson and his unit would show great courage in ferrying the injured from the frontlines to the hospitals in the rear. With the entrance of the United States into the lists on the Allied side, Stevenson and his men found themselves part of the official American effort, and passed from being a “Poilu” (a traditional name for a French infantryman - literally “hairy one”) to a “Yank”. A vivid and well-written account of service in the American Ambulance Corps with the French during the First World War.


Le Poilu Perdu

Le Poilu Perdu

Le Poilu Perdu

Author: Lydie Lauret

Publisher: Lydie Lauret

Isbn 10:

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 200

Number of Views: 1947

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Pour rechercher la vraie identité de son grand-père, la longue quête de Sylvie va l'amener tout au long de sa vie dans des découvertes plus étonnantes les unes que les autres. Elle va faire ressortir des vieux souvenirs souvent douloureux, va découvrir un mystère qui ne la laissera pas indifférente.. Elle n'aura de cesse tant qu'elle ne saura pas la vérité sur ses origines. Un roman qui vous donnera envie de suivre le parcours de cette femme déterminée prête à tout pour connaître la vérité.


World War i and the Cultures of Modernity

World War i and the Cultures of Modernity

World War i and the Cultures of Modernity

Author: ,

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

Isbn 10: 9781604737127

Category: History

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 357

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"The essays collected here chart the war and its cultural and literary contours from a variety of new and challenging intellectual vantage points." "Focusing in different essays on America, France, Britain, and Germany, the contributors to this book contest the long-accepted argument about World War I as the crucible of modern life. Instead, their interrogations of the trench experience, home-front conditions, forms of mass culture, and literary genres reveal that the war was as much a moment of cultural opportunity as it was the point of origin for modern society or its cultural forms."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Le dernier poilu. Lazare Ponticelli

Le dernier poilu. Lazare Ponticelli

Le dernier poilu. Lazare Ponticelli

Author: Véronique Fourcade

Publisher: Stock

Isbn 10: 2234062837

Category: Literary Collections

Number of Pages: 240

Number of Views: 750

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Le nom de Ponticelli restera désormais dans l’Histoire comme celui du dernier témoin des atrocités de la Première Guerre mondiale. On sait moins qu’il figure, plus discrètement il est vrai, dans les annales du monde économique et industriel français. Car la vie extraordinaire de Lazare Ponticelli ne se résume pas à ses faits d’armes, ses six ans de mobilisation, sa « croix de guerre » italienne .Lazare ne sait ni lire ni écrire et ne parle pas français lorsque, à l’âge de 9 ans, il fuit la misère de son Italie natale pour rejoindre, seul, sa mère et ses deux frères à Paris. Après l’épreuve de 14-18, les trois frères travaillent dur comme ramoneurs. Analphabètes, leurs mains débordent d’intelligence et leurs muscles de courage. Ils créent une entreprise de montage et d’entretien de cheminées d’usine. Après la seconde guerre mondiale durant laquelle les frères apportent leur contribution à la Résistance, la société Ponticelli diversifie ses activités, emploie des milliers de personnes, ouvre plusieurs agences à l’étranger et en province dont une en 1955 à Bassens, en Gironde, où le groupe emploie aujourd’hui 250 personnes. Malgré son ascension sociale, l’homme n’a jamais quitté son petit pavillon du Kremlin-Bicêtre, où il s’était installé en 1922. Plus que centenaire, il y vivait seul, faisant tous les jours son marché et lisant les chroniques économiques des journaux pour boursicoter, lui qui avait veillé à ce que sa société ne soit jamais cotée en Bourse ! En 1996, il obtient la Légion d’honneur. Son dernier défi était d’être « le der des ders », il l’a réussi : il meurt le 12 mars 2008 à l’âge de 110 ans, trois semaines après l’avant-dernier, Louis de Cazenave. .


Journal d'un poilu

Journal d'un poilu

Journal d'un poilu

Author: Zacharie Baqué

Publisher: Editions Imago

Isbn 10: 2849524115

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 224

Number of Views: 666


Mon enquête de généalogie - Le mystère du poilu

Mon enquête de généalogie - Le mystère du poilu

Mon enquête de généalogie - Le mystère du poilu

Author: Marie-Odile Mergnac,Églantine Ceulemans

Publisher: Rageot Editeur

Isbn 10: 2700259963

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Number of Pages: 128

Number of Views: 1403

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Avant le 11 novembre, la maîtresse propose à la classe d’enquêter sur les noms gravés sur le monument aux morts du village. Léa et Gabriel découvrent dans les archives municipales que l’ancêtre de Léa, un poilu de 14-18, avait un frère jumeau qui a disparu à la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale. Que lui est-il arrivé ? Et si Léa avait des cousins inconnus ?


Verdun

Verdun

Verdun

Author: Paul Jankowski

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Isbn 10: 0199316902

Category: History

Number of Pages: 368

Number of Views: 1893

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At seven o'clock in the morning on February 21, 1916, the ground in northern France began to shake. For the next ten hours, twelve hundred German guns showered shells on a salient in French lines. The massive weight of explosives collapsed dugouts, obliterated trenches, severed communication wires, and drove men mad. As the barrage lifted, German troops moved forward, darting from shell crater to shell crater. The battle of Verdun had begun. In Verdun, historian Paul Jankowski provides the definitive account of the iconic battle of World War I. A leading expert on the French past, Jankowski combines the best of traditional military history-its emphasis on leaders, plans, technology, and the contingency of combat-with the newer social and cultural approach, stressing the soldier's experience, the institutional structures of the military, and the impact of war on national memory. Unusually, this book draws on deep research in French and German archives; this mastery of sources in both languages gives Verdun unprecedented authority and scope. In many ways, Jankowski writes, the battle represents a conundrum. It has an almost unique status among the battles of the Great War; and yet, he argues, it was not decisive, sparked no political changes, and was not even the bloodiest episode of the conflict. It is said that Verdun made France, he writes; but the question should be, What did France make of Verdun? Over time, it proved to be the last great victory of French arms, standing on their own. And, for France and Germany, the battle would symbolize the terror of industrialized warfare, "a technocratic Moloch devouring its children," where no advance or retreat was possible, yet national resources poured in ceaselessly, perpetuating slaughter indefinitely.


The Verdun Regiment

The Verdun Regiment

The Verdun Regiment

Author: Johnathan Bracken

Publisher: Pen and Sword

Isbn 10: 1526710315

Category: History

Number of Pages: 296

Number of Views: 417

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This book on French soldiers during WWI is “a first-class narrative with an abundance of personal testimony from the officers and men of the regiment” (The Great War Magazine, Editor’s Choice). Although the French fielded the largest number of Allied troops on the Western Front in the First World War, the story of their soldiers is little known to English readers. The immense size of the French armies, the number of battles they fought, and the enormous losses they incurred, make it difficult for us to comprehend their experience. But we can gain a genuine insight by focusing on one of the defining battles of that war, at Verdun in 1916, and by looking at it through the eyes of a small group of soldiers who served there. That is what Johnathan Bracken does in this meticulously researched, detailed and vivid account. The French 151st Infantry Regiment spent fifty days under fire at Verdun in 1916 and another thirty-five in 1917 and lost 3,200 soldiers killed or wounded. Yet their ordeal was no different from that of hundreds of other infantry units that fought and endured in this meat-grinder of a battle. Their diaries and memoirs tell their story in the most compelling way, and through their words the larger human story of the French soldier during the war comes to life. “The book recounts the horror of intense artillery bombardments and men mown down in great waves. None of this is particularly pretty and the accounts do much to scatter notions of war as a glorious, thrilling experience. It was vicious and brutal utterly cruel.”—War History Online


A Passionate Prodigality

A Passionate Prodigality

A Passionate Prodigality

Author: Guy Chapman

Publisher: Pen and Sword

Isbn 10: 1526750120

Category: History

Number of Pages: 288

Number of Views: 556

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When A Passionate Prodigality was first published in 1933 it was hailed as one of the finest English works to have come out of the First World War. Today this memoir reads with a graphic immediacy, not merely in the descriptions of the filth and shock and carnage that characterized the struggle, but in its evocation of men at war – ‘certain soldiers who have now become a small quantity of Christian dust’. Stylish, honest and eloquent, A Passionate Prodigality is less a book than a living voice, demonstrating an important if little remembered truth: ‘The poetry is not in the pity. To hell with your generalized pity. What the survivor remembers is not the fears he knew, the pains, but the faces and a few words of the men who were with him at the front.’


Fear

Fear

Fear

Author: Gabriel Chevallier

Publisher: New York Review of Books

Isbn 10: 159017741X

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 328

Number of Views: 496

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An NYRB Classics Original Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation 1915: Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted “war to end all wars” seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or going over the top, Jean finds himself caught in the midst of an unimaginable, unceasing slaughter. After he is wounded, he returns from the front to discover a world where no one knows or wants to know any of this. Both the public and the authorities go on talking about heroes—and sending more men to their graves. But Jean refuses to keep silent. He will speak the forbidden word. He will tell them about fear. John Berger has called Fear “a book of the utmost urgency and relevance.” A literary masterpiece, it is also an essential and unforgettable reckoning with the terrible war that gave birth to a century of war.


Les poilus

Les poilus

Les poilus

Author: Joseph Delteil

Publisher: Grasset

Isbn 10: 2246791073

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 154

Number of Views: 1770

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« J’ai la tête épique. » Ces premiers mots des Poilus, Delteil les illustre de façon magistrale. A la geste des soldats de la Grande Guerre, ces héros anonymes de la Marne, des tranchées et de Verdun répond celle de leurs chefs immortels, Gallieni, Clemenceau, Foch, dont Delteil nous laisse des portraits inoubliables. Incarnation de la France terrienne et paysanne, le poilu l’emporte, car « la victoire, la défaite : il s’en fiche. L’essentiel, c’est l’honneur ».


Words, Words Words!

Words, Words Words!

Words, Words Words!

Author: Eric Partridge

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1317426436

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Number of Pages: 230

Number of Views: 1578

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First published in 1933 (this edition in 1939), this book sees Partridge introducing the reader to the eccentric lexicographers Wesley and Captain Grose. In an entertaining way, the book jovially explores and discusses various words and phrases such as "bloody", euphemisms, the Devil’s nicknames, various versions of slang, and familiar terms of address. He does so with light-worn learning making the book of interest to a whole variety of readers.


Pyrrhic Victory

Pyrrhic Victory

Pyrrhic Victory

Author: Robert A. DOUGHTY,Robert A Doughty

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Isbn 10: 0674034317

Category: History

Number of Pages: 592

Number of Views: 512

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As the driving force behind the Allied effort in World War I, France willingly shouldered the heaviest burden. In this masterful book, Robert Doughty explains how and why France assumed this role and offers new insights into French strategy and operational methods.


Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box

Author: Jörn Leonhard

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Isbn 10: 0674985400

Category: History

Number of Pages: 1104

Number of Views: 1436

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Winner of the Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Prize “The best large-scale synthesis in any language of what we currently know and understand about this multidimensional, cataclysmic conflict.” —Richard J. Evans, Times Literary Supplement In this monumental history of the First World War, Germany’s leading historian of the period offers a dramatic account of its origins, course, and consequences. Jörn Leonhard treats the clash of arms with a sure feel for grand strategy. He captures the slow attrition, the race for ever more destructive technologies, and the grim experiences of frontline soldiers. But the war was more than a military conflict and he also gives us the perspectives of leaders, intellectuals, artists, and ordinary men and women around the world as they grappled with the urgency of the moment and the rise of unprecedented political and social pressures. With an unrivaled combination of depth and global reach, Pandora’s Box reveals how profoundly the war shaped the world to come. “[An] epic and magnificent work—unquestionably, for me, the best single-volume history of the war I have ever read...It is the most formidable attempt to make the war to end all wars comprehensible as a whole.” —Simon Heffer, The Spectator “[A] great book on the Great War...Leonhard succeeds in being comprehensive without falling prey to the temptation of being encyclopedic. He writes fluently and judiciously.” —Adam Tooze, Die Zeit “Extremely readable, lucidly structured, focused, and dynamic...Leonhard’s analysis is enlivened by a sharp eye for concrete situations and an ear for the voices that best convey the meaning of change for the people and societies undergoing it.” —Christopher Clark, author of The Sleepwalkers


Under Fire

Under Fire

Under Fire

Author: Henri Barbusse

Publisher: Graphic Arts Books

Isbn 10: 1513288296

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 278

Number of Views: 1960

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Under Fire (1916) is a novel by Henri Barbusse. Written from notes taken while Barbusse was serving in the First World War, the novel was quickly recognized as a powerful tale of perseverance and comradery in the face of unspeakable suffering. Intended to promote the cause of pacifism, Under Fire is deeply critical of the rich and powerful men whose inability to live peacefully leads time and again to the sacrifice of countless human lives. “Each country whose frontiers are consumed by carnage is seen tearing from its heart ever more warriors of full blood and force. One's eyes follow the flow of these living tributaries to the River of Death. To north and south and west afar there are battles on every side. Turn where you will, there is war in every corner of that vastness.” Even from a distance, war is hell on earth, but it is not something that can be described in the abstract, if it can be described at all. Such a luxury—available only to the leaders who declare war’s beginning and end—is not afforded to those are sent to fight. Following a squad of French volunteers on the Western front, Henri Barbusse provides a realistically brutal vision of death and survival that refuses to glorify the loss of a single life. As a soldier-turned-pacifist, Barbusse brings his reader as close as possible to the trenches and fields of battle in order to dispel the myths that continue to justify and obscure the deaths of the poor and powerless. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Henri Barbusse’s Under Fire is a classic work of French literature reimagined for modern readers.


They Shall Not Pass

They Shall Not Pass

They Shall Not Pass

Author: Ian Sumner

Publisher: Pen and Sword

Isbn 10: 1781599084

Category: History

Number of Pages: 256

Number of Views: 1765

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This graphic collection of first-hand accounts sheds new light on the experiences of the French army during the Great War. It reveals in authentic detail the perceptions and emotions of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the most destructive conflict the world had ever seen. Their testimony gives a striking insight into the mentality of the troops and their experience of combat, their emotional ties to their relatives at home, their opinions about their commanders and their fellow soldiers, the appalling conditions and dangers they endured, and their attitude to their German enemy. In their own words, in diaries, letters, reports and memoirs - most of which have never been published in English before - they offer a fascinating inside view of the massive life-and-death struggle that took place on the Western Front. Ian Sumner provides a concise narrative of the war in order to give a clear context to the eyewitness material. In effect the reader is carried through the experience of each phase of the war on the Western Front and sees events as soldiers and civilians saw them at the time. This emphasis on eyewitness accounts provides an approach to the subject that is completely new for an English-language publication. The authors pioneering work will appeal to readers who may know something about the British and German armies on the Western Front, but little about the French army which bore the brunt of the fighting on the allied side. His book represents a milestone in publishing on the Great War.