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The French Army and the First World War

(Armies of the Great War)

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A comprehensive new account of the French Army's critical contribution to the Great War. Elizabeth Greenhalgh revises our understanding not only of wartime strategy and fighting, but also of other crucial aspects of France's war, from mutinies and mail censorship to medical services, railways and weapons development. ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Cambridge University Press
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Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
In most English-language histories of the First World War, the part played in it by the French Army is typically told in terms of episodes. There are the initial battles in 1914 leading up to the famous stand at the Marne, then the iconic clash at Verdun two years later followed by the 1917 Nivelle Offensive and the mutinies that followed. What these events all have in common is a relevancy to British operations on the Western Front, which has ensured that they receive due attention from writers ...more
Fred Svoboda
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting operational history of the French army in WWI corrects the misconceptions that result from Anglocentric histories and memoirs of the war. Greenhalgh makes a good case for the adaptability of the French and their huge contribution to victory--in manpower, materiel, and developing understanding of the nature of modern warfare. French Intelligence gets its due as well, including a lot of information derived from censors' summaries and quotations from poilu's letters home from the front. ...more
Otto Valkamo
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed and well thought out book.

The French Army was underdeveloped in 1914, but by 1918 had risen as the most fierce land force up to that point. At first, the book goes into detail about the background to the Great War, about French military planning, mobilization plans and the status of the French Armed Forces. The book goes into detail about the French alliances with Russia and Great Britain and the escalation, for example the Second Moroccan Crisis and so on.
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Elizabeth Greenhalgh graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and arrived in Australia in 1987. She worked as a research assistant in the Department, then School, of History, UNSW @ ADFA and, after completing her PhD, edited the international journal War & Society between 2005 and 2010. She then became a full-time researcher, being awarded a UNSW postdoctoral fel ...more

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