A Volunteer Poilu (WWI Centenary Series) (Paperback)
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""I have ventured to call this book A Volunteer Poilu principally because we were known to the soldiers of the Bois-le-Pr tre as ""les Poilus Am ricains."" Then, too, it was my ambition to do for my comrades, the French private soldiers, what other books have done for the soldiers of other armies. The title chosen, however, was more than complimentary; it was but just. In recognition of the work of the Section during the summer, it was, in October, 1915, formally adopted into the French army; a French officer became its administrative head, and the drivers were given the same papers, pay, and discipline as their French comrades. I wish to thank many of my old friends of Section II, who have aided me in the writing of this book."" This book is part of the World War One Centenary series; creating, collating and reprinting new and old works of poetry, fiction, autobiography and analysis. The series forms a commemorative tribute to mark the passing of one of the world's bloodiest wars, offering new perspectives on this tragic yet fascinating period of human history. Each publication also includes brand new introductory essays and a timeline to help the reader place the work in its historical context.