The French army of the First World War withstood the main force of the German onslaught on the Western Front, but often it is neglected in English histories of the conflict. Now, though, keen interest in the war in general and in the part the French played in it has prompted a fresh appreciation of their army and the men who served in it. Ian Sumner’s wide-ranging photographic history is an important contribution in this growing field.
IMAGES OF WAR: THE FRENCH ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Using a selection of over 150 rare wartime photographs, Sumner provides an overview of many aspects of a French soldier’s service. But while the photographs create a fascinating all-round portrait of the French poilu at war, they also give an insight into the army as a whole, and offer a French perspective on the Great War. A great reference book from this popular series.