One of the territorials

Description

‘A small player in the great tragedy, it is without a sense of literature that I have lain on these pages my modest memories.’ With these words, Gaston Lavy began his memoirs of World War One, One of the Territorials. Assigned to the conflict as a member of the territorial troops, Lavy spent 1914 working in camouflage engineering in Paris. His book provides details about daily life at the Front, from descriptions of aerial combats to the everyday trials of food, dirt and rats. Lavy also reflects on the divide between troops and officers, and also between the front and rear, more prevalent after 1916. The memoir has been written in the form of a manuscript, heavily illustrated, similar to a medieval illumination in the way the narrative continuously refers to the drawing.

Full title:
One of the territorials
Created:
1914 - 1918
Format:
Book
Held by:
Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg
Usage terms:
Public Domain

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