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German Deserter's War Experience

Anonymous

1. Translator's Preface
2. March into Belgium
3. Fighting in Belgium
4. Shooting Civilians in Belgium
5. German Soldiers and Belgian Civilians
6. The Horrors of Street Fighting
7. Crossing the Meuse
8. In Pursuit
9. Nearly Buried Alive on the Battlefield
10. Soldiers Shooting Their Own Officers
11. Sacking Suippes
12. Marching to the Battle of the Marne—Into the Trap
13. At the Marne—In the Maw of Death
14. The Rout of the Marne
15. The Flight from the Marne
16. At the End of the Flight
17. The Beginning of Trench Warfare
18. Friendly Relations with the Enemy
19. Fighting in the Argonnes
20. Christmas in the Trenches
21. The "Itch" A Savior
22. In the Hell of Vauquois
23. Sent on Furlough
24. The Flight to Holland
25. America and Safety

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The author of this 1917 narrative, who escaped from Germany and military service after 14 months of fighting in France, did not wish to have his name made public, fearing reprisals against his relatives. The vivid description of the life of a common German soldier during “The Great War” aroused much interest when it was published in the United States in serial form. Here was a warrior against his will, a hater of militarism for whom there was no romance in war, but only butchery and brutality, grime and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation. His story also contains the first German description of the retreat of the Teutonic armies after the battle of the Marne. – From the Translator’s Preface