From the ebook - Translator's Preface
The following narrative first seemed in German within the columns
of the hot Yorker Volkszeitung, the vital organ of the
German conversing Socialists within the usa. Its writer,
who escaped from Germany and army carrier after 14
months of scuffling with in France, is an clever younger miner.
He doesn't desire to have his identify made public, fearing that
those who may be angry through his frankness may vent their
wrath on his family members. given that his arrival during this state his
friends and friends have come to grasp him as an up-
right and honest guy whose be aware should be relied upon.
The vibrant description of the lifetime of a typical German soldier in
the current warfare aroused nice curiosity whilst the tale pre-
sented in those pages to the English talking reader was once
published in serial shape. For right here used to be an historian of the struggle
who have been during the horrors of the carnage as one in all
the "Huns", one of many "Boches"; a soldier who had now not abdi-
cated his cause; a warrior opposed to his will, who however
had to comply to the etiquette of conflict; a hater of militarism
for whom there has been no romance in conflict, yet simply butchery
and brutality, dust and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation.
Moreover, he used to be came across to be no suggest observer of guys and
things. His technical education at a college of mining enabled him
to receive a far clearer figuring out of the battle of place
than the common soldier possesses.
Most squaddies who've been within the struggle and feature written
down their studies have performed so within the typical manner,
never wondering for a second the ethical justification of struggle.
Not so our writer. He couldn't convince his sense of right and wrong to
make a contrast among deepest and public morality, and
the attitude from which he perspectives the occasions he describes is
therefore solely diversified from that of alternative genuine observers
of and participators in struggle. His tale additionally includes the 1st
German description of the retreat of the Teutonic armies after
the conflict of the Marne. the manager price of this soldier's nar-
rative lies, notwithstanding, in his harmful, annihilating feedback of
the romance and fabled virtures of warfare. If the various incidents
related during this publication seem to be handled too curtly it's soley
due to this author's restricted literary powers. If, for example,
he doesn't reside upon his internal reports in the course of his
terrible voyage to the US within the coal bunker of a Dutch send
it is simply because he's not a literary artist, yet an easy workman.
The translator hopes that he was once succeeded in reproducing
faithfully the substance and the spirit of the tale, and that
this little booklet will give a contribution in fighting one of many forces
that make for battle renowned lack of understanding of war's realities. permit
each person realise and comprehend the distress, degra-
dation, and destruction that anticipate him in struggle, and the bar-
barous ordeal via carnage will fast develop into the main unpop-
ular establishment in the world.
I - Marching into Belgium
II - battling in Belgium
III - capturing Civilians in Belgium
IV - German infantrymen and Belgian Civilians
V - The Horrors of highway scuffling with
VI - Crossing the Meuse
VII - In Pursuit
VIII - approximately Buried Alive at the Battlefield
IX - infantrymen capturing their very own officials
X - Sacking Suippes
XI - Marching to the conflict of the Marne Into the capture
XII - on the Marne within the Maw of demise
XIII - The Rout of the Marne
XIV - The Flight from the Marne
XV - on the finish of the Flight
XVI - the start of Trench conflict
XVII - pleasant relatives with the Enemy
XVIII - scuffling with within the Argonnes
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