Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918

Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918 Author Louis Barthas
ISBN-10 0300212488
ISBN-13 9780300212488
Year 2015-03-31
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Yale University Press
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The harrowing first person account of a French foot soldier who survived four years in the trenches of the First World War 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 Barthas riveting wartime narrative first published in France in 1978 presents the vivid immediate experiences of a frontline soldier 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

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