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German Deserter's War Experience

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German Deserter's War Experience offers a unique and insightful perspective on World War II from the viewpoint of a German soldier who chose to desert and eventually surrender to Allied forces. The book provides a raw and honest account of the horrors of war, as told by someone who witnessed it firsthand.

The author conveys the moral and emotional struggles of being a soldier in a brutal conflict, and the difficult decision to break ranks and risk death in order to preserve his own humanity. The story is both heart-wrenching and eye-opening, shedding light on the individual experiences of those caught in the chaos of war.

This book is a valuable addition to the literature on World War II, offering a perspective that is often overlooked in mainstream accounts of the conflict. It is a powerful reminder of the human cost of war and the courage it takes to stand up for what is right, even in the face of overwhelming adversity. Overall, German Deserter's War Experience is a compelling and thought-provoking read that will stay with the reader long after they have finished the last page.

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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

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