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British General Staff, HANDBOOK OF THE FRENCH ARMY, 1914. NEW copy, 1995 Battery Press edition of original 1914 edition. 10 illustrations, 1 map, 456 pages.

~~~ An exact reprint of this scarce British army handbook on the French Army as of July 1914 on the eve of the Great War. It presnets a superb look at the French Army as they went to war, covering conditions of service & recruiting, organization of the army & numbers available, organization of infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, aeronautical branch, machine guns, trains, supply, colonial & police. Details of uniforms, insignia and the Navy are also covered.


Clayton, Anthony, PATHS OF GLORY: The French Army, 1914-18 . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Orion Publishing, 2003).
~~~ A world-famous expert on the French military provides a major contribution to our understanding of World War I. He reveals why and how the French army fought as it did, with profiles of the senior commanders--Joffre, Pétain, Nivelle, and Foch--and analyzes the major campaigns on the Western Front, the Near East and Africa. There are details on the trenches, the makeup and performance of colonial armies, the mutinies of 1917, and how, ultimately, the wartime experience helped shape the nation.
~~~ Currently in print at $29.95.



(Clemenceau), Dallas, Gregor, AT THE HEART OF THE TIGER: Clemenceau and His World, 1841-1929 . VG/VG. No obvious flaws except a black remainder mark on bottom of book. Jacket in mylar, original "$28.95" price still intact on jacket flap. (NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc, 1993). VG+/VG+. Photographs, appendix, bibliogrphy, index, 620 pages.
~~~ "What Winston Churchill was to the Second World War, Georges Clemenceau was to the First. In the eyes of posterity, he is the 'Tiger,' the unyielding and defiant leader who in a single year turned the Allied Forces, bled white in their trenches and riven by mutiny, into the victors of 1918."
~~~ "Stubborn, contrary French premier Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), who helped unify the Allied war effort and who rallied his country to victory in WW I, was a model of resistance to Churchill and de Gaulle, yet his heroism is not well known to English-speaking readers. This sprawling, exceptionally vivid biography gives us Clemenceau's many facets--country doctor, foreign correspondent in the New York of corrupt Democratic boss William Tweed, embattled mayor of Montmartre during the bloody Paris Commune, eloquent defender of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, literary friend of Zola and Mallarme, enraged cuckolded husband, war hero. An intensely private man, Clemenceau destroyed much of his personal papers. Dallas ( The Imperfect Peasant Economy ), who lives in France, rounds out this portrait with graphic accounts of internecine French politics, German imperialism, Parisian working-class conditions, the carnage of WW I and Clemenceau's friendship with Claude Monet. "


Davis, Richard Harding, WITH THE FRENCH IN FRANCE AND SALONIKA. VG. A tight, clean copy with very little wear except for minor chipping of lettering on cover. (NY: Scribners, 1916). Frontispiece photograph. 275 pp.
~~~ TABLE OF CONTENTS: President Poincare Thanks America; The Mud Trenches of Artois; The Zigzag Front of Champagne; From Paris to the Piraeus; Why King Constantine Is Neutral; With the Allies in Salonika; Two Boys Against an Army; The French-British Front in Serbia; Verdun and St Mihiel; War in the Vosges; Hints for Those Who Want to Help; London, A Year Later.
~~~ From the author's Preface: "This book was written during the three last months of 1915 and the first month of this year (April, 1916) in the form of letters from France, Greece, Serbia, and England. the writer visited ten of the twelve sectors of the French front, seeing most of them from the first trench, and was also on the French-British front in the Balkans. Outside of Paris the Fernch cities visited were Verdun, Amiens, St Die, Arras, Chalons, Nancy, and Rheims. What he saw served to strengthen his admiration for the French army and, as individuals and as a nation, for the French people, and to increase his confidence in the ultimate success of their arms."



(Foch), Atteridge, A. Hilliard, MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH: His Life and His Theory of Modern War .VG. Lacks dust jacket. (NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1919). Tight, clean copy with no shelf-wear. Spine very slightly darkened. Top edge of pages soiled. Eight maps. 286 pages.
~~~ CONTENTS: First Years & Education; Army Career up to 1905; Foch's First Principles of War; The Advanced Guard; The Battle; Criticism of German Leadership; The Coming of the Great War; Foch's Forecast of the War; The Battle of Morhange; The Battle of the Trouee de Charmes; The Ninth Army in the Battle of the Marne; The Victorious Manoeuvre; Foch at Ypres; The Second Battle of Ypres; Battle of the Somme; Chief of the French General Staff; "Co-ordinator" of the Allied Operations; Commander-in-Chief of the Allies; The Decisive Counter-Attack; Personal Characteristics.


[Foch] Major Robert M. Johnston, U.S.N.A., GENERAL FOCH: An Appreciation. VG/Fair. Jacket, which is in a mylar protector, is soiled and chipped along extremities, with pieces missing from head & heel of spine. Jacket flap has US Government War Savings Stamp logo. Book covers are darkened along extremities but otherwise unworn and tight. Interior clean. Color portrait inset onto front cover. 54 pages. (Boston & NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918).
~~~ CONTENTS: I. Youth; II. The Teacher and Theorist; III. The War; IV. The Present Crises.
~~~ Wartime book in scarce jacket.


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French General Staff, FRENCH TRENCH WARFARE, 1917-1918: A Reference Manual. Battery Press reprint of the original 1917 French Army edition. Over 280 photos & drawings, 387 pages.
~~~ Originally published as a training manual for junior officers, this reference volume is a comprehensive review of French combat methods in the latter stages of World War 1. There are chapters on the principles of command, infantry training, weapons and support materiel, and trench tactics. It is oriented towards platoon and company operations. The many illustrations make it particularly valuable as a guide to how French troops fought on the Western Front during the Great War.


click to enlarge Lecerf, Leon 1914-1918, Regard D'Un Medecin Militaire. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Editions Ltd, 2006). 9.5x13.5, 110 b&w photographs, 125 pages.

~~~ Doctor Léon Leçerf was mobilized at the beginning of the Great War. His responsibilities at the Front included caring for many solders coming back from the lines who had a chance momentarily to forget the horror. Civilians too were equally exposed to the horrors but tried to continue as best they could their ordinary lives. He administered both first aid and the last rights to the casualties in his care.
~~~ Doctor Leçerf’s second passion after medicine was photography and it is this second interest of his that makes this book so completely unique. In many ways it is a photographic diary of his time at the front. There are, of course, the usual photographs of military activities, but what is so very compelling are the photographs of civilians, often just a few feet behind the front lines, continuing to go about their daily business as best they can given the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in. It is a juxtaposition of realities that is quite extraordinary to see.
~~~ Thanks to his images, we have a unique glimpse of a time long past, but one which, in some ways still exists in all the places where military action and civilians come up against each other; Baghdad, Kabul—the list is long.


Macintyre, Ben, THE ENGLISHMAN'S DAUGHTER: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001). Photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 254 pages.
~~~ In the first terrifying days of World War I, a handful of British soldiers found themselves trapped behind enemy lines on the Western Front. Unable to rejoin their units, which were retreating under the German onslaught, they were forced to hide in the French countryside. The Englishman's Daughter is the extraordinary true story of these men, their rescuers, and the bittersweet love affair that sprang up between an enchanting French villager and a fugitive English soldier. This romance flourished under the very eyes of German occupiers, resulted in the birth of a child, and eventually tore a community apart.


Murphy, Libby, THE ART OF SURVIVAL: France and the Great War Picaresque. New copy: hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrations, 304 pages. (Yale University Press, 2016).

~~~ The First World War soldier has often been depicted as a helpless victim sacrificed by a ruthless society in the trenches of the Western Front. In fact, Libby Murphy reveals, French soldiers drew upon a long-standing European tradition to imagine themselves not as heroes or victims but as survivors. Murphy investigates how infantrymen and civilians attempted to make sense of the war while it was still in progress by reviving the picaresque, a literary mode in which unheroic protagonists are forced to fend for themselves in a chaotic and hostile world. By examining works by French and European novelists, journalists, graphic artists, cultural critics, and filmmakers—including Charlie Chaplin—Libby Murphy shows how the rich tradition of the European picaresque was uniquely appropriate for expressing anxieties provoked by modern, industrialized warfare.

~~~~~ In print at $40.00.


Weintraub, Stanley, SILENT NIGHT: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce. The Free Press, 2001. Hardcover with dust jacket, in new condition except for black remainder mark on bottom edge of book. Drawings, engravings, photographs, 19-page essay on Sources, index, 206 pages.
~~~ It was one of history's most powerful - yet forgotten - Christmas stories. It took place in the improbable setting of the mud, cold rain and senseless killing of the trenches of World War I. It began when German soldiers lit candles on small Christmas trees, and British, French, Belgian and German troops serenaded each other on Christmas Eve. Soon they were gathering and burying the dead, in an age-old custom of truces. But as the power of Christmas grew among them, they broke bread, exchanged addresses and letters and expressed deep admiration for one another. When angry superiors ordered them to recommence the shooting, many men aimed harmlessly high overhead. Silent Night, by renowned military historian Stanley Weintraub, magically restores the 1914 Christmas Truce to history.


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