Under Fire: The Story of a Squad

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Fiction - 576 pages
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Henri Barbusse's Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (in the original French Le Feu: journal d'une escouade) was one of the first novels about World War I. Published at the end of 1916, it was based on Barbusse's experiences as a French soldier on the Western Front. The novel, written primarily as the episodic journal entries of an unknown narrator, follows a French squad in the brutal face of the German Invasion. Compared to the many war stories before it, Under Fire is marked by a gritty realism that squares firmly with the death and squalor of trench warfare.
 

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Contents

1 The Vision
6
2 In the Earth
13
3 The Return
82
4 Volpatte and Fouillade
89
5 Sanctuary
103
6 Habits
144
7 Entraining
153
8 On Leave
167
14 Of Burdens
282
15 The Egg
311
16 An Idyll
316
17 In the Sap
324
18 A Box of Matches
330
19 Bombardment
340
20 Under Fire
366
21 The Refuge
453

9 The Anger of Volpatte
183
10 Argoval
216
11 The Dog
220
12 The Doorway
242
13 The Big Words
279
22 Going About
483
23 The FatigueParty
497
24 The Dawn
526
Endnotes
571
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