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Author Barthas, Louis, 1879-1952, author.

Title Poilu [electronic resource] : The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914 - 1918 / Louis Barthas.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Yale University Press (Ignition), [2014]


Description 1 online resource (473 pages)
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Summary "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").
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Subject Barthas, Louis, 1879-1952.
France. Armée -- Biography.
France. Armée -- Military life -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns.
Soldiers -- France -- Biography.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, French.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Carnets de guerre de Louis Barthas, tonnelier, 1914-1918. English
ISBN 9780300206951 (epub)
Standard No. 9780300206951

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