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They Shall Not Pass (Paperback)

The French Army on the Western Front 1914 - 1918

WWI Verdun Marne 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Military

By Ian Sumner
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781526721822
Published: 6th November 2017



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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 they offer a fascinating inside view of the massive life-and-death struggle that took place on the Western Front.

As referenced in

Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

Overall, this is a very good book to have in so far as it provides a very good overall summary of the French experience of the war. Not only does the book important information on a different perspective of the war, it also gives an important overview of the role France played., and how it linked to that of Britain.

Jon Sandison - Freelance

As featured in

24seven Lifestyle Magazine, April 2018

About Ian Sumner

Ian Sumner is a prolific writer and researcher who specializes in local and military history. He has made a particular study of the French army during the First World War, his many books on the subject including French Army 1914-18, French Poilu 1914-18 and First Battle of the Marne 1914. He is the author, with François Vauvillier, of French Army 1939-45, and has also published books on the Royal Navy, the British army, the Indian Army, the Anzacs, the German air force and the history of Yorkshire.

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