From the e-book - Translator's Preface
The following narrative first seemed in German within the columns
of the hot Yorker Volkszeitung, the significant organ of the
German talking Socialists within the usa. Its writer,
who escaped from Germany and armed forces 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 might be indignant by means of his frankness may perhaps vent their
wrath on his kinfolk. because his arrival during this nation his
friends and neighbors have come to understand him as an up-
right and fair guy whose note could be relied upon.
The vibrant description of the lifetime of a standard German soldier in
the current battle aroused nice curiosity while the tale pre-
sented in those pages to the English conversing reader used to be
published in serial shape. For right here used to be an historian of the battle
who were throughout the horrors of the carnage as considered one of
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 struggle, yet purely butchery
and brutality, dust and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation.
Moreover, he was once came upon to be no suggest observer of guys and
things. His technical education at a faculty of mining enabled him
to receive a miles clearer figuring out of the conflict of place
than the typical soldier possesses.
Most infantrymen who've been within the conflict and feature written
down their stories have performed so within the everyday method,
never wondering for a second the ethical justification of warfare.
Not so our writer. He couldn't convince his sense of right and wrong to
make a contrast among inner most and public morality, and
the attitude from which he perspectives the occasions he describes is
therefore solely various from that of different genuine observers
of and participators in conflict. 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, although, in his harmful, annihilating feedback of
the romance and fabled virtures of conflict. If a number of the incidents
related during this e-book seem to be taken care of too curtly it's soley
due to this author's restricted literary powers. If, for example,
he doesn't stay upon his internal reports in the course of his
terrible voyage to the USA within the coal bunker of a Dutch send
it is simply because he isn't a literary artist, yet an easy workman.
The translator hopes that he used to be succeeded in reproducing
faithfully the substance and the spirit of the tale, and that
this little e-book will give a contribution in battling one of many forces
that make for battle renowned lack of awareness of war's realities. permit
each person realize and comprehend the distress, degra-
dation, and destruction that look ahead to him in battle, and the bar-
barous ordeal by way of carnage will fast turn into the main unpop-
ular establishment in the world.
I - Marching into Belgium
II - scuffling with in Belgium
III - capturing Civilians in Belgium
IV - German infantrymen and Belgian Civilians
V - The Horrors of road scuffling with
VI - Crossing the Meuse
VII - In Pursuit
VIII - approximately Buried Alive at the Battlefield
IX - infantrymen taking pictures their very own officials
X - Sacking Suippes
XI - Marching to the conflict of the Marne Into the catch
XII - on the Marne within the Maw of loss of life
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 kinfolk with the Enemy
XVIII - scuffling with within the Argonnes
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