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Between mutiny and obedience : the case of the French Fifth Infantry Division during World War I

Author: Leonard V Smith
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Literary and historical conventions have long painted the experience of soldiers during World War I as simple victimization. Leonard Smith, however, argues that a complex dialogue of resistance and negotiation existed between French soldiers and their own commanders. In this case study of wartime military culture, Smith analyzes the experience of the French Fifth Infantry Division in both pitched battle and trench
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Genre/Form: History
Infanteriedivision (5)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard V Smith
ISBN: 0691033048 9780691033044
OCLC Number: 28506347
Language Note: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral--Columbia University).
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral--Columbia University).
Awards: American Historical Association Paul Birdsall Prize in European Military and Strategic History, 1994.
Description: xvii, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Introduction: The Theory of War, Obedience, and Military Authority --
II. The Army and the Republic in Provincial France: Military Life in Rouen before August 1914 --
III. The Battles of August-September 1914: The Pieces of Defeat, Victory, and Proportionality --
IV. The New 5[superscript e] DI and the New War: The Social World of Trench Warfare --
V. From Percee to Grignotage: The 1915 Offensives at Neuville-St. Vaast --
VI. The Crisis in Pitched Battle: Verdun, 1916 --
VII. The Crisis in Trench Warfare: Les Eparges --
VIII. The Implicit Struggle Becomes Explicit: The Mutinies of 1917 --
IX. The Grandeur and Miseries of Proportionality: June 1917-November 1918 --
X. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Leonard V. Smith.
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