Paths of Glory: The French Army 1914-18

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A world-famous expert on the French military provides a major contribution to our understanding of World War I. He reveals why and how the French army fought as it did, with profiles of the senior commanders--Joffre, P├ętain, Nivelle, and Foch--and analyzes the major campaigns on the Western Front, the Near East and Africa. There are details on the trenches, the makeup and performance of colonial armies, the mutinies of 1917, and how, ultimately, the wartime experience helped shape the nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304366521
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,478,191

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Disappointing and underwhelming.

    I was greatly disappointed by this book. The author's analysis is undermined by his too-obvious pro-British chauvinism. He has relied on secondary sources and apparently did little original research. A reader interested in learning how the French Army conducted the war at the operational level would do far better to read Doughty's "Pyrrhic Victory," which is a tremendous book. For someone interested in learning more about the everyday life of French soldiers during the Great War, as well as the equipment and structure of the French Army then, consult the Osprey book "French Poilu, 1914-1918" by Ian Summers. (It appears Mr. Clayton relied on an earlier version of that book.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Outstanding Summary of French Army During WWI

    The book summarizes all the famous major operations of the French Army during WWI, along with numerous thoughtfully-included maps and photos. It goes into much greater detail about the formation of French strategy, tactical doctrine, leading personalities, organization, equipment, logistics, and, significantly, unit morale (including the 1917 mutinies). In addition, the book also has a nice set of appendices with the August 1914 order-of-battle as well as summary bios of leading French generals. The author, Anthony Clayton, also covers the power struggles at the top of the military hierarchy between major military figures along with increasing interference from French gov't officials. Clayton did an excellent job describing Petain, Joffre, Mangin, Castelnau, and Foch. This book is an ideal introduction to the major challenges facing the French army during WWI and its response to them. An English-language book covering the French army during WWI is somewhat difficult to find compared to the numerous works on the British army, and I was highly pleased with the quality of this one. Excellent, well-researched work! I hope the author makes an in-depth follow up sequel to this one.

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