By M. Perry
Reminiscence of battle in France examines France within the period of worldwide struggle throughout the unconventional eyes of the veteran, activist and novelist, C?sar Fauxbras. It encompasses the French army at struggle, the naval mutinies of 1919, the adventure of unemployment, interwar pacifism, French defeat in 1940 and Paris less than the heel of German profession.
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It also shows the complexity of these battles for the truth and the status of Fauxbras’s own claims within them. These episodes formed the core of the narrative in his first novel. Death at Sea: The sinkings of the Robespierre and the Léon Gambetta The plot of Jean Le Gouin follows the experiences of Vignes. It describes his several months aboard the warship Robespierre, its sinking, his time spent at Bizerte in Tunisia, and ultimately his second warship the Étonnant. Much of the narrative is concerned with the sailors’ oppressive routines and poor conditions on board with the inspections, gymnastic drills, food and discipline.
Finally, Daladier repressed the small group of militant pacifists that remained. Ultimately, several of Fauxbras’s comrades joined the collaborationist bandwagon. indd 37 10/25/2010 11:19:34 AM 2 Black Sea Mutiny: Consciousness and Memory The same protagonist Vignes narrated Fauxbras’s second novel, giving the impression of an autobiographical account just as Jean Le Gouin had. Whilst his first book had focused upon the war at sea and in particular the submarine campaign of 1917, Mer Noire took as its subject the even more controversial topic of the mutinies of the French fleet during the war of intervention against the newly established Soviet regime.
In both, Fauxbras claimed to speak for the average sailor, or the archetypal Jack Tar or ‘Jean Le Gouin’ (hence the title). 19 Providing an insight into Fauxbras’s motivation, the preface to Jean Le Gouin evoked a scene to explain why the work of Paul Chack so enraged him that it prompted him to write (see Appendix 1). Fauxbras’s almost obsessive targeting of Chack resulted from the urge, common to Great War veterans, to challenge the propaganda of war. 24 Having been assigned to the Historical Service in 1920, later becoming its chief, Commander Chack emphasized the heroic efforts of officers.
Memory of War in France, 1914-45: Cesar Fauxbras, the Voice of the Lowly by M. Perry