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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

"Reading the major English-language books and articles on the Gallipoli campaign, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that France played no part in the fighting on the peninsula. Her contribution to the fighting, if discussed at all, is typically relegated to a footnote in the literature. This is despite the large troop deployment detailed in this article and despite the fact that the French army lost more men killed in Gallipoli than the combined total for Australia and New Zealand (c.10,000 dead). Moreover, French forces, while excluded by the British from the planning of both the naval and land battles around Gallipoli, fought right through the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign, contributing significantly to both the naval and land campaigns. This gap in the literature is not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world. With the exception of the multi-volumed French official histories and some dated memoirs, there is little in French to match the scholarship emerging on the Western Front. This is, perhaps, a reflection of the fact that, in France, popular interest in the First World War is focused on the great battles of the Western Front ? the battlefield of Verdun being an obvious case in point. As one French author has remarked, the men of the Army of the Orient are the 'victims of a selective memory of the Great War'."
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GrumpyOldMan17 May 2018 3:56 p.m. PST

It'd be nice if the document was available instead of having to register and wait for the author to provide a full text. Otherwise what you see above is all you get.

foxbat17 May 2018 11:36 p.m. PST

The Armée d'Orient has always been poorly considered in our country (you will be hard placed to find a Frenchman who has heard of our victory at Uskub, today Skopje, in 1918), and this started during the war itself. There was cruel nickname given, by Clémenceau himself, who disliked -the Army Commander, Maurice Sarrail. He called his soldiers "the gardeners of Salonique", sconjuring a false image of disoccupied troop sleisurely spending the war in a protected place… The fact is that the poor poilus had to grow some vegetables to fight off scorbut because of inadequate supplies.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

Thanks for the info!


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