La dernière lettre écrite par des soldats français tombés au champ d’honneur by Various | Project Gutenberg

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‘La derniere lettre ecrite par des soldats francais tombes au champ d’honneur 1914-1918’ [‘The last letter written by Frenchsoldiers fallen on the field of honour, 1914-1918’]

Ces lettres ont ete choisies par des peres qui pleurent un enfant mort pour la France et par d’anciens combattants reunis sous la presidence de M. le Marechal FOCH. [These letters were chosen by fathers who mourn a son fallen for France, and by veterans reunited under the chairmanship of Marshal Foch.]
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Les “Dernieres Lettres” montrent de facon touchante l’esprit ideal et pur dans lequel ce sacrifice a ete fait; c’est un monument de plus a la Gloire imperissable du Soldat Francais. [The ‘Last Letters’ show in a touching manner the pure and idealistic spirit in which this sacrifice was made; it is a monument moreover to the immortal glory of the French soldier.]

Edited by the ‘Union des Pères et des Mères dont les fils sont morts pour la Patrie’ [Union of fathers and mothers whose sons died for their country], the ‘Ligue des Chefs de Section et des Soldats combattants’ [a nationalist veterans’ organisation], and Ernest Flammarion.

Paris: Flammarion, 1921

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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