From the Marne to Verdun

The War Diary of Captain Charles Delvert, 101st Infantry, 1914–1916

Charles Delvert, Ian Sumner

* Classic French officer's personal account of the First World War

* Translated into English for the first time

* Covers the 1914 campaign including the first Battle of the Marne

* Features in full Delvert's vivid eyewitness description of the defence of Fort Vaux during the Battle of Verdun

* Inside view of the French army of 100 years ago
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473823792
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Charles Delvert’s diary records his career as a front-line officer in the French army fighting the Germans during the First World War. It is one of the classic accounts of the war in French or indeed in any other language, and it has not been translated into English before. In precise, graphic detail he sets down his wartime experiences and those of his men. He describes the relentless emotional and physical strain of active service and the extraordinary courage and endurance required in battle. His account is essential reading for anyone who is keen to gain a direct insight into the Great War from the French soldier's point of view, and it bears comparison with the best-known English and German memoirs and journals of the Great War.

About The Author

Charles Delvert was born in Paris in 1879. He was educated as a teacher at the École Normale Supérieure and then taught history in schools in the south of France. During the First World War he rose to the rank of captain in the French army and served with great distinction at the front, in particular during the Battle of Verdun where his company mounted a heroic defence of Fort Vaux. After the war he return to teaching in Parisian schools, and he died in 1940. His classic wartime journal Carnets d’un fantassin was first published in France in 1935.

Ian Sumner is a prolific writer and researcher who specializes in local and military history. He has made a particular study of the French army and air force during the First World War, his many books on the subject including The French Army 1914-18, French Poilu 1914-18, First Battle of the Marne 1914, They Shall Not Pass: The French Army on the Western Front 1914-1918, Kings of the Air: French Aces and Airmen of the Great War and The French Army at Verdun.


"There are hundreds of books about front-line activities during the first world war, but not that many first-hand accounts. Although this book by Chalres Delvert is the memoir of a French officer, the premise is the same as if it had been an Englishman. It is the writing of someone who got caught up in an horrific set of circumstances that led to the needless and meaningless killing of countless millions in a conflict that stretched out over five years. Harrowing and illuminating"

- Books Monthly

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