Le Tombeau sous l'Arc de Triomphe

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Le Tombeau sous l'Arc de Triomphe is a play by French playwright Paul Raynal (1885-1971) [1]. It is a tragedy in three acts, written in 1924, a powerful drama which shows a soldier on leave from the front and carries its tense scenes forward with merely three persons - the soldier himself, the girl to whom he is betrothed (Aude), and his father.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Mrs Strelen, entitled Die Soldaat. The typewritten translated text is available at the Stellenbosch University Library, Manuscripts Section. Reference 31/21/4.

Translated into English, entitled The Unknown Warrior.

Performance history in South Africa

1938: The Unknown Warrior was presented by the Little Theatre Players at the Little Theatre in July, directed by Kurt Baum.

1939: Die Soldaat was presented by Volksteater in 1939, directed by Alexis Preller, with Anna Neethling-Pohl and H.J. Oberholzer in the leads.


World Drama by Allardyce Nicoll, 1949. 779.

German Literature and the First World War: The Anti-War Tradition, p.288 [2].

Inskip, 1972. p.123.

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