A Handbook of Northern France

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PREFACE

BY COL. PAUL AZAN

IF I were asked to draw up a list of the things that an American soldier, embarking for France, ought to carry with him, I should put at the head of it this little book, not only because the reading of it will be a pleasant distraction on the ocean voyage and in the trenches, but because a knowledge of its contents is indispensable.

The American soldier will certainly wish to know something of the region in which he is called to serve, to suffer, and perhaps to die. His friends also will desire to inform themselves about it. They will find in this Handbook a concise account of northeastern France, the equivalent of which can be learned elsewhere only by consulting a number of general works and special articles.

No one can be better qualified than Professor Davis to write such a book. His lectures on France, as a part of his course on Europe given at Harvard University from 1885 to 1912, have been based not only on a study of the best European sources, but on many journeys abroad, during which France has been repeatedly visited. Leading French geographers have honored him with corresponding membership in the Geographical Society of Paris, and in the Academy of Sciences.

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