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Gentle France (Paperback) Loot Price: R366
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Gentle France (Paperback): Rene Bazin
Gentle France (Paperback): Rene Bazin

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Rene Bazin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...had lived under her rule, and they were capable of sacrifice for what they loved. Jean-Joseph grew up under German rule; he was sent to a German school. His parents did not know that their spirit had revived in their son, and that the little boy had a secret. When he was fourteen Jean-Joseph asked to speak to his father, who, to be alone with him, and to see his face well, led him to the window. ' Listen," said the boy: " I want to be an officer." Vicomte de Vogue. Ceux de Bir-Taouil. " Not in Germany, I suppose? " " No, in France." " But, child, you will never be an officer. You don't even know French.... You are too young to discuss all that with me. Do not mention it again." It was not spoken of again for three years. The father Fiegenschuh often thought of what his son had said. He had seen other little Alsatians declare that they would be soldiers of France, persevere in their intention, and join the Foreign Legion. But these never returned to their own land. The German law considers them as deserters, condemns them to a fine of 30, forbids them to set foot again in Alsace-Lorraine, and if they cross the frontier sentences them to arrest and imprisonment. " Must my Jean-Joseph," he thought, " leave Robertsau and Alsace never to return? " And he dared not pronounce with his lips, even in a whisper, the reply which he would give if his son said to him a second time: " I wish to be an officer, in France." It remained hidden in his mind. But it was quite ready, for the elder Fiegenschuh was French at heart. When Jean-Joseph was seventeen he renewed his request. And the father answered: " Yes." The young Alsatian could only join the Foreign Legion. So he became a soldier in the 2nd foreign regiment, spent eighteen months in Algeria, learnt...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2012
First published: July 2012
Authors: Rene Bazin
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 62
ISBN-13: 978-1-150-44404-3
Barcode: 9781150444043
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > General
Books > History > General
LSN: 1-150-44404-5

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