Brassey’s, 1st Eng., ed., 1996. Xxiv + 279 pp., 15 photo-plates + 5 maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Published with great success in France in 1981, and now here for the first time in English, this book is the remarkable diary kept by the author, a French peasant who was called up to serve in the French Army in World War II, captured by the Germans and put to work on a labour farm deep inside Germany. The diaries, running from the start of the war to the author’s return to France in May 1945, provide a unique view of peasant life in France and Germany during the war, and finally of the collapse of Nazism in 1945.