From the ebook - 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 can be angry via his frankness could vent their
wrath on his kin. on the grounds 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 will be relied upon.
The bright description of the lifetime of a standard German soldier in
the current struggle aroused nice curiosity whilst the tale pre-
sented in those pages to the English talking reader used to be
published in serial shape. For right here was once an historian of the warfare
who have been throughout 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 battle; a hater of militarism
for whom there has been no romance in struggle, yet merely butchery
and brutality, dirt and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation.
Moreover, he used to be came upon to be no suggest observer of fellows and
things. His technical education at a faculty of mining enabled him
to receive a far clearer figuring out of the warfare of place
than the typical soldier possesses.
Most squaddies who've been within the struggle and feature written
down their studies have performed so within the generic method,
never wondering for a second the ethical justification of warfare.
Not so our writer. He couldn't convince his judgment of right and wrong to
make a contrast among deepest and public morality, and
the perspective from which he perspectives the occasions he describes is
therefore fullyyt varied from that of different real observers
of and participators in struggle. His tale additionally comprises 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, even if, in his harmful, annihilating feedback of
the romance and fabled virtures of warfare. If a number of the incidents
related during this e-book seem to be taken care of too curtly it really is soley
due to this author's constrained literary powers. If, for example,
he doesn't reside upon his internal studies in the course of his
terrible voyage to the United States 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 used to be succeeded in reproducing
faithfully the substance and the spirit of the tale, and that
this little publication will give a contribution in struggling with one of many forces
that make for conflict well known lack of know-how of war's realities. allow
each person recognize and comprehend the distress, degra-
dation, and destruction that anticipate him in conflict, and the bar-
barous ordeal by way of carnage will quick turn into the main unpop-
ular establishment on the earth.
I - Marching into Belgium
II - scuffling with in Belgium
III - taking pictures Civilians in Belgium
IV - German squaddies and Belgian Civilians
V - The Horrors of highway combating
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 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 battle
XVII - pleasant kin with the Enemy
XVIII - scuffling with within the Argonnes
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