German Soldiers in the Great War

Letters and Eyewitness Accounts
Pen & Sword Military (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 20. Februar 2019
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  • 224 Seiten
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978-1-84468-764-0 (ISBN)
The first English translation of writings that capture the lives and thoughts of German soldiers fighting in the trenches and on the battlefields of WWI. German Soldiers in the Great War is a vivid selection of firsthand accounts and other wartime documents that shed new light on the experiences of German frontline soldiers during the First World War. It reveals in authentic detail the perceptions and emotions of ordinary soldiers that have been covered up by the smokescreen of official military propaganda about "heroism" and "patriotic sacrifice." In this essential collection of wartime correspondence, editors Benjamin Ziemann and Bernd Ulrich have gathered more than two hundred mostly archival documents, including letters, military dispatches and orders, extracts from diaries, newspaper articles and booklets, medical reports and photographs. This fascinating primary source material provides the first comprehensive insight into the German frontline experiences of the Great War, available in English for the first time in a translation by Christine Brocks.
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • List of Plates
  • Introduction
  • I. Interpretations of the Front-line Experience
  • II. The German Army During the War
  • III. Principles of this Edition
  • Prologue
  • 'Just a small detail'
  • A Question
  • Chapter 1: The War Begins
  • Germany - A Madhouse
  • Enthusiasm?
  • Becoming a Man
  • War Volunteers
  • 'Shame'
  • Unfit For Service
  • First Disappointments
  • 'If We Had an Armistice Now'
  • Chapter 2: The Realities of War
  • After a Long Time of Peace
  • New at the Front
  • The War of Position Begins
  • Early Crises and Insights
  • After Two and a Half Months of War
  • Everyday Worries
  • Perceptions and Images of the Enemies
  • Prussia and the Other German States
  • Injuries, Death and Killing
  • Methods of Warfare and Impact of Arms
  • Emotional Casualties and their 'Treatment'
  • Religion and War
  • Mail from the Heimat
  • Chapter 3: Grievances
  • 'The Yoke of War'
  • Imposing Discipline
  • Marginal Misconduct
  • Tied Up
  • Superiors
  • Blood Sacrifices
  • 'Hindenburg's Thanks'
  • 'Scribbles'
  • Hunger
  • If You Go on Furlough
  • Leave from War?
  • In the Rear Area
  • Complaints and Censorship
  • Anonymous Letters
  • Chapter 4: Refusal and Disobedience
  • Injured Soldiers Going Back Home
  • Self-Mutilation
  • Fraternization
  • Against the War Loans
  • 'Shirkers'
  • Peace for Days and Weeks
  • An Opinion Poll
  • Prisoner of War
  • 'Riots'
  • Measures
  • War? Without Me!
  • Chapter 5: The End
  • Towards the End
  • Rural Homesickness
  • Discipline and Politics
  • Reports - From the Bottom Up
  • The 1918 January Strike
  • Last Hopes - Last Offensives
  • 'Victory Frenzy'
  • 'Hangover'
  • 'Sucked Dry'
  • 'Peace at Any Price'
  • Radicalization
  • Epilogue
  • A Plea
  • Glossary
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Notes to Introduction
  • Document Sources
  • Further Reading

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