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A French Soldier's War Diary 1914-1918 Henri Desagneaux

A French Soldier's War Diary 1914-1918 - Henri Desagneaux

Morley: Elmfield Press, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the margins of the panels. The contents complete, clean and tight.

Includes: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “We have made a pattern of events between 1914 and 1918 which we call the ‘Great War’ or the ‘First World War’. To Henri Desagneaux, mobilized as a reserve lieutenant in the Railway Transport Service, and to thousands of others, there was no pattern to be seen from the trenches where he executed orders which ensured that dozens of men had to die in each action attempting impossible objectives worked out on paper at headquarters in the rear. His diary is Henri Desagneaux’s graphic description of what it was like to live in the trenches with demoralized, unruly, mutinous men waiting in fear and degradation for the order to move into hideous danger and towards probable death. The stupidity of leadership at many levels would be comic if it were not tragic and through the pages one sees the changing attitude of one citizen who, with other survivors, would never submit to being so used again.”

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. (viii) 112 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.