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The Long Silence: The Tragedy of Occupied France in World War I
The horror of the Western Front trenches is a well-worn theme but what was life like on 'the other side of the Western front' in the First World War? This account, based on original sources including diaries, memoirs, family records, secret diaries written during the war, vivid memories and official records, show how the rich agricultural and industrial areas of northern F ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by I. B. Tauris
(first published October 30th 2014)
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A fairly comprehensive overview of life under German rule in Northern France during the Great War. The writing is easy to read and understand, most of the resources draw upon French diaries recorded during the war. There are brief mentions of the CRB in terms of food, but for the most part the suffering of these people had been largely ignored by the world. I found the contrast between the treatment of the French citizens and the Belgians during the occupation to be very interesting and a bit ho ...more