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WWI French Soldier of the 23rd Company 205th Infantry Regiment
QUATRE MOIS DE CAMPAGNE [Aug. 4 - Nov. 29, 1914]
The Ardennes, France, 1915. 8vo. (186 x 120 mm). 68 pp. (manuscript text, approximately 18,000 words) + 67 full-page pen drawings. Contemporary home-made binding, carved wooden boards in relief with a depiction of a Gaul soldier with spear (point of tip and butt broken off) which also appears elaborately rendered on the title-page, which likewise reads: QUATRE MOIS DE CAMPAGNE, dated "Aout, Septembre, Octobre, Novembre, 1914." Important, elaborately illustrated manuscript journal, being the detailed hitherto unpublished account of a French Infantryman ("Poilu") during his four month campaign in the Ardennes, trapped behind German lines along the Northern Front. The present manuscript is distinguished by its 67 full-page drawings and sculpted wood binding that depicts a Gaul soldier (almost certainly created by the author / illustrator himself). This journal tells in graphic detail the disorganization of the campaign, the ravages of the war, and the cohabitation of the Regiment with the local population and the Allies. Our soldier, who has not yet been identified with certainty, belonged to the French 23rd Company of the 205th Infantry Regiment. His moving narrative begins on August 4, 1914, when he in Paris by train for Army mobilization. The journal gives a detailed account of the troop's movement through the Ardennes, both in and out of the trenches. After several gruesome battles, the Regiment was surrounded by the enemy in the woods of Signy-le-Petit. Facing the threat that the civilian population would be executed, the Regiment surrendered to the Germans on November 29 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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