Under Fire: The Story of a Squad

Under Fire: The Story of a Squad

by Henri Barbusse


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Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (French: Le Feu: journal d'une escouade) by Henri Barbusse (December 1916), was one of the first novels about World War I to be published. Although it is fiction, the novel was based on Barbusse's experiences as a French soldier on the Western Front.

The novel takes the form of journal-like anecdotes which the unnamed narrator claims to be writing to record his time in the war. It follows a squad of French volunteer soldiers on the Western front in France after the German invasion. The book opens and ends with broad visions shared by multiple characters but beyond these the action of the novel takes place in occupied France.

The anecdotes are episodic, each with a chapter title. The best-known chapter, "The Fire" (Le feu) shares the French-language title of the book. It describes a trench assault from the Allied (French) trench across No-Man's Land into the German trench.

In contrast to many war novels which came before it, Under Fire describes war in gritty and brutal realism. It is noted for its realistic descriptions of death in war and the squalid trench conditions. (wikipedia.org)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934757895
Publisher: Fireship Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Henri Barbusse was born in 1873 and the novel UNDER FIRE is one of the most famous works of French literature of the 20th century. It expresses the disillusionment with war that led him to pacifism and then communism. His socialist novel CLARTE lentits name to a short-lived internationalist movement. He died in the Soviet Union in 1935.

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Under fire; the story of a squad 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite a rough translation and being rife with scanning errors, this book offers a rare candid glimpse into the life of the French WWI soldier.
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