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La Companie Irlandaise. Reminiscences of the Franco-German War.
Author: Kirwan, M[artin] W[aters]
Reference #: 1763
Status: For Sale
List Price: $225.00
Montreal: Dawson Bros., 1878. First Canadian Edition. 12mo (18cm). Decorative Cloth. Very Good. Pp. 293 + .
From the Preface: "This book pretends to have no merit but its truthfulness." And further: ". . . it may , however, fill a gap in the history of the late war, by showing the hardships, the famine, and the wants incidental to a soldier's life, and which decimate a regiment more surely than the mitraille of the enemy." The war referred to was the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1871), and the men that the author commanded was made up of Irishmen fighting for the French, most volunteers or so poorly paid that they may as well have been volunteers. They were motivated only for concern of the consequences of a German victory Condition: Internally sound and clean, save for a p.o.n. on the ffep; binding tight. The decorative boards are worn at the edges and at the head of the spine; the front gutter starting, yet sound. The Germans (Prussians) were, however, victorious, resulting in a German army of occupation pending payment of an indemnity of five billion francs. (cf. Eggenberger, An Encyclopedia of Battles, p155, 1985, revised reprint.) Uncommon.
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