The Military Necessity (Servitude et Grandeur militaires)

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Author: Alfred de Vigny; translated and with an introduction by Humphrey Hare
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Hard Cover

1953 Edition

Publisher - The Creset Press, London.
Cover is hard bound in blue cloth with gilt title. Good condition.
Dust Jacket is present. Price clipped.
End Papers are intact, white.

Preliminaries - 
Introduction; Acknowledgment; Table of Contents.

Main Text Body - 209 Pages. Fine and clean.   

Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.

This is a translation of three deeply moving stories or "case-histories", which were written just over a hundred years ago, after the drums and tramplings of the Napoleonic campaigns, by one of the greatest of French romantic poets, to illustrate and justify the obligations and sufferings of the professional soldier. Vigny's purpose was to show, by example, that the necessary servitude and abnegation involved in the dedicated life of military service are accepted and endured by virtue of those imponderable factors in the ethos of the profession of arms-the soldier's Honour, Loyalty, Duty and Self-Sacrifice.

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