FROM THE WESTERN FRONT TO SALONIKA A French Soldier Writes Home 1914-1918

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The book’s editor, Catherine Labaume-Howard, found 300 of her grandfather’s letters in an old potato sack when a family home was sold. The author of the letters, Pierre Suberviolle, was from Montauban in the South of France. He joined the army on 7 August 1914, without his father’s permission, when he was only 17. He wrote to his family (and particularly to his mother) regularly during the next 51 months. Mobilised as a car and truck driver, he fought on the Western and Northern Fronts of France. Soldiers normally did not say exactly where their letters were from, but Pierre was definitely at Dijon, Villers-Cotteret, Vitry and Soissons in the first months of the war. At Ypres, he experienced the early use of mustard gas. He was then sent to Greece, Salonika, Macedonia and Albania for 18 months. When he was sent back to France, he was trained for tank warfare and sent to Belgium, where he was wounded and lost an eye one month before the war ended.One-hundred-and-fifty letters were selected to create this book. Pierre writes with great fluency, and in a very straightforward style.

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