Sources de la Grande Guerre: The Educational Value of a Family Correspondence

A web site in France contains 3500 letters and a hundred photographs, exchanged between 1914 and 1918 by the eight members of one family and their friends. The collection servers as the starting point of the work of Pierrick Hervé, professor Guist’hau high school Nantes and Marie-Christine Bonneau-Darmagnac, professor in college Jules Verne Buxerolles.

The collection provides insight to a French family’s experiences during World War One. The family’s four sons are soldiers during the war, Younis died early in the conflict while Salem is a sergeant in the artillery. The two younger brothers have a passion for aviation.

The entire web site is in French and may be found at A machine-generated English translation created by Google may be found at

NOTE: Machine generated translations are never perfect.  Beware of errors in the translation.

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