A Handbook of Northern France

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PREFACE

BY THE AUTHOR

THIS Handbook has been written with the approval of the Geography Committee, National Research Council, for those officers of our National Army who may wish to learn something of the leading physical features of the brave country where their aid will be so welcome. If the chapters are read over and the geographical names are identified on the accompanying maps, the uplands and valleys, rivers and cities, which may otherwise float vaguely "somewhere in France," will take proper position with respect to each other. News from the front and beyond and from the country that supports the front will thus become more definite and intelligible.

Much fuller information on French geography can be obtained from Commandant Barré "La Géographie Militaire" ( Paris, 1899), and more especially from his larger work, "L'Architecture du Sol de la France" ( Paris, 1903). The historical aspects of the subject are admirably treated in the "Tableau de la Géographie de la France" ( Paris, 1911), written by Professor Vidal de la Blache , the leading geographer of his country, as the first volume of the "Histoire de France" by Lavisse. For limited districts, reference should be made to

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