Recommended Reading

(*Denotes essential source.)


French Army in WWI


  • *Paths of Glory: The French Army 1914-1918 by Anthony Clayton. Cassell: London, 2003.
  • *Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistsair Horne. Penguin Books: New York, 1993.
  • The Road to Verdun: World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism by Ian Ousby. Anchor: New York, 2003.
  • *The French Army 1914-1918 by Ian Sumner and Gerry Embleton. Osprey Publishing: Oxford, 1999.
  • *French Poilu 1914-18 (Warrior Series) by Ian Sumner. Osprey Publishing: London, 2009.
  • Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division During World War I by Leonard V. Smith. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1994.
  • The Battle of the Frontiers, Ardennes 1914 by Terence Zuber. The History Press: London. 2008.
  • The Second Battle of the Marne by Michael S. Neiberg. Indiana University Press: Bloomington, Indiana, 2008.
  • The Campaign of the Marne by Sewell Tyng. Westholme Publishing: Yardley, PA, 2007.
  • Dare Call It Treason by Richard M. Watt. Simon and Schuster: New York, 1963.
  • *French Trench Warfare, 1917-1918: A Reference Manual ed. by British General Staff. Battery Press: Nashville, 2002.
  • Handbook of the French Army, 1914 ed. by British General Staff. Battery Press: Nashville, 2002.
  • A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War by Robert B. Bruce. University Press of Kansas: Lawrence, KS, 2003.


  • French Soldiers' Accounts


  • They Shall Not Pass: The French Army on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Ian Sumner. Penn & Sword, South Yorkshire. 2012.
  • From the Marne to Verdun: The War Diary of Captain Charles Delvert, 101st Infantry, 1914–1916 by Charles Delvert. transl. by Ian Sumner. Penn & Sword, South Yorkshire. 2016.
  • *Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918 transl. by Edward M. Strauss. Yale University Press, Yale. 2014.
  • A French Soldier's War Diary, 1914-1918 by Henri Desagneaux. transl. by Godfrey Adams. Pen and Sword, London. 2014.
  • Men at War 1914-1918: National Sentiment and Trench Journalism in France During the First World War by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau. Berg Publishers: Oxford, 1995.
  • *The Embattled Self: French Soldiers' Testimony of the Great War by Leonard V. Smith. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY, 2007.


  • France in WWI


  • 14-18: Understanding the Great War by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker. Hill and Wang: New York, 2002.
  • *France and the Great War by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, Annette Becker, Leonard V. Smith, William Beik. Cambridge University Press: London, 2003.
  • *Pyrrhic Victory : French Strategy and Operations in the Great War by Robert A. Doughty. Belknap Press: Cambridge, MA, 2005.


  • French Army Uniforms & Equipment


  • The French Army in the First World War 1914-1918 (vol. 2) by Laurent Mirouze and Stéphane Dekerle. Verlag Militaria: Vienna, 2008.
  • Gazette des Uniformes, Hors Serie no. 19. "L'Uniforme du Poilu". by G. Bernard and F. Lachaux, 2008.
  • Gazette des Uniformes, Hors Serie no. 24. "L'Equipement du Poilu". by G. Bernard and F. Lachaux, 2008.
  • Le Soldat Français dans la Grande Guerre. by Christophe Fombaron. Éditions Errance - Histoire Vivante: Arles, 2016.


  • French WWI Novels


  • *Fear by Gabriel Chevallier. Serpent's Tail: London, 2011.
  • Under Fire by Henri Barbusse. Penguin Classics: New York, 2004.
  • Wooden Crosses by Roland Dorgelès. Kessinger Publishing, 2004.


  • General WWI History


  • The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman. Ballantine Books: New York, 1994.
  • Eye Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I by John Ellis. The John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, 1989.
  • Trench Fortifications, 1914-1918: A Reference Manual ed. by British General Staff. Battery Press: Nashville, 1998.
  • Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan. Random House: New York, 2002.


  • Miscellaneous


  • Bantam New College French and English Dictionary by Roger Steiner. Bantham: , 1988.