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The Reality of War: A Memoir of the Franco Prussian War and the Paris Commune (1870- 1871) by a French Officer

Patry, Leonce/Fermer, Douglas (trans/foreword/notes)

ISBN 10: 0304359130 / ISBN 13: 9780304359134
Published by Cassell & Co. 1st printing, 2001
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384 p., maps, map on endpapers, notes, further readings, index, 8vo; Fine/Fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 49578

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Title: The Reality of War: A Memoir of the Franco ...

Publisher: Cassell & Co. 1st printing

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Although a relatively unknown campaign, the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) ultimately had great repercussions during World War I. Patry's firsthand and beautifully written chronicle vividly describes the bloodshed and appalling atrocities committed during the French army's advance to retake the Paris commune, and powerfully critiques the high command's shortcomings and follies. Elegantly translated, this ranks as one of the best examples of war memoirs written in any language, and includes informative biographies of the main participants and other valuable background material.

About the Author:

Born in 1841 Leonce Patry graduated from Saint-Cyr in 1862 and joined the French Army. With a tendency to defy authority, Patry was overlooked for promotion, incurred mounting debts and was eventually dismissed from the Army. He saw brief periods of service in the 1890s and First World War. He died in 1917. Douglas Fermer was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and University College, London. He is 48 and holds a senior position with The Post Office in London as Head of Corporate Governance and Compliance. This is his first major book.

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