WHEN THE FRENCH WERE HERE by Stephen oneal

WHEN THE FRENCH WERE HERE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From letters, diaries, dispatches, archive records, this is a reconstruction of that fateful year during the Revolution when the French Expeditionary Force was sent to aid Washington. Here are the personalities that figured in that expedition; the social life and the conditions they faced; the diplomatic and military friction which existed between Rochambeau and Lafayetto, American and French troops. The fiasco of the first months after their arrival when the French were blockaded and kept inactive; the campaigns which led to the military victories of Cornwallis and Yorktown and the social triumphs which followed. A concentrated phase of a war of the past studied in intimate detail -- an objective and detached study for scholars, not for the general market.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1945
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran