A German Deserter's War Experience

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TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE</FONT></TD>
  
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I MARCHING INTO BELGIUM</FONT></TD>  
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II FIGHTING IN BELGIUM</FONT></TD>  
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III SHOOTING CIVILIANS IN BELGIUM</FONT></TD>  
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IV GERMAN SOLDIERS AND BELGIAN CIVILIANS</FONT></TD>  
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V THE HORRORS OF STREET FIGHTING</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German1.htm#1">I</A></FONT></TD>
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VI CROSSING THE MEUSE</FONT></TD>  
    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">MARCHING
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      INTO BELGIUM</FONT></TD>  
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VII IN PURSUIT</FONT></TD>  
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VIII NEARLY BURIED ALIVE ON THE BATTLEFIELD</FONT></TD>
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German1.htm#2">II</A></FONT></TD>
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IX SOLDIERS SHOOTING THEIR OWN OFFICERS</FONT></TD>  
    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">FIGHTING
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      IN BELGIUM</FONT></TD>  
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X SACKING SUIPPES</FONT></TD>  
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XI MARCHING TO THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE---INTO THE TRAP</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German1.htm#3">III</A></FONT></TD>
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XII AT THE MARNE---IN THE MAW OF DEATH</FONT></TD>  
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      CIVILIANS IN BELGIUM</FONT></TD>  
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XIII THE ROUT OF THE MARNE</FONT></TD>  
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XIV THE FLIGHT FROM THE MARNE</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German1.htm#4">IV</A></FONT></TD>
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XV AT THE END OF THE FLIGHT</FONT></TD>  
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      SOLDIERS AND BELGIAN CIVILIANS</FONT></TD>  
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XVI THE BEGINNING OF TRENCH WARFARE</FONT></TD>  
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XVII FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH THE ENEMY</FONT></TD>  
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XVIII FIGHTING IN THE ARGONNES</FONT></TD>  
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      HORRORS OF STREET FIGHTING</FONT></TD>  
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XIX CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES</FONT></TD>  
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XX THE &quot; ITCH &quot;---A SAVIOR</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German1.htm#6">VI</A></FONT></TD>
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XXI IN THE HELL OF VAUQUOIS</FONT></TD>  
    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">CROSSING
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      THE MEUSE</FONT></TD>  
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XXII SENT ON FURLOUGH</FONT></TD>  
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XXIII THE FLIGHT TO HOLLAND</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German2.htm#7">VII</A></FONT></TD>
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XXIV AMERICA AND SAFETY</FONT></TD>  
    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">IN
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      PURSUIT</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German2.htm#8">VIII</A></FONT></TD>
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">NEARLY
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      BURIED ALIVE ON THE BATTLEFIELD</FONT></TD>
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German2.htm#9">IX</A></FONT></TD>
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">SOLDIERS
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      SHOOTING THEIR OWN OFFICERS</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German2.htm#10">X</A></FONT></TD>
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">SACKING
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      SUIPPES</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German2.htm#11">XI</A></FONT></TD>
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">MARCHING
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      TO THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE---INTO THE TRAP</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German2.htm#12">XII</A></FONT></TD>
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      THE MARNE---IN THE MAW OF DEATH</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">THE
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      ROUT OF THE MARNE</FONT></TD>  
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      FLIGHT FROM THE MARNE</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">THE
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      BEGINNING OF TRENCH WARFARE</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">FRIENDLY
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      RELATIONS WITH THE ENEMY</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">FIGHTING
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      IN THE ARGONNES</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">CHRISTMAS
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      IN THE TRENCHES</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">THE
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      &quot; ITCH &quot;---A SAVIOR</FONT></TD>  
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      THE HELL OF VAUQUOIS</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">SENT
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      ON FURLOUGH</FONT></TD>  
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      <P ALIGN=CENTER><FONT SIZE="+1"><A HREF="German4.htm#23">XXIII</A></FONT></TD>
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">THE
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      FLIGHT TO HOLLAND</FONT></TD>  
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    <TD WIDTH="92%" VALIGN="TOP"><FONT SIZE="+1" FACE="Times">AMERICA
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      AND SAFETY</FONT></TD>
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 GERMAN DESERTER'S WAR EXPERIENCE

TRANSLATED BY

J. KOETTGEN

NEW YORK
B. W. HUEBSCH

MCMXVII


TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE


THE following narrative first appeared in German in the columns of the New Yorker Volkszeitung, the principal organ of the German speaking Socialists in the United States. Its author, who escaped from Germany and military service after 11 months of fighting in France, is an intelligent young miner. He does not wish to have his name made public, fearing that those who will be offended by his frankness might vent their wrath on his relatives. Since his arrival in this country his friends and acquaintances have come to know him as an upright and truthful man whose word can be relied upon.

The vivid description of the life of a common German soldier in the present war aroused great interest when the story presented in these pages to the English speaking reader was published in serial form. For here was an historian of the war who had been through the horrors of the carnage as one of the "Huns," one of the "Boches"; a soldier who had not abdicated his reason; a warrior against his will, who nevertheless had to conform to the etiquette of war; a hater of militarism for whom there was no romance in war, but only butchery and brutality, grime and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation. Moreover, he was found to be no mean observer of men and things. His technical training at a school of mining enabled him to obtain a much clearer understanding of the war of position than the average soldier possesses.

Most soldiers who have been in the war and have written down their experiences have done so in the customary way, never questioning for a moment the moral justification of war. Not so our author. He could not persuade his conscience to make a distinction between private and public morality, and the angle from which he views the events he describes is therefore entirely different from that of other actual observers of and participators in war. His story also contains the first German description of the retreat of the Teutonic armies after the battle of the Marne. The chief value of this soldier's narrative lies, however, in his destructive, annihilating criticism of the romance and fabled virtues of war. If some of the incidents related in this book appear to be treated too curtly it is solely due to this author's limited literary powers. If, for instance, he does not dwell upon his inner experiences during his terrible voyage to America in the coal bunker of a Dutch ship it is because he is not a literary artist, but a simple workman.

The translator hopes that he has succeeded in reproducing faithfully the substance and the spirit of the story, and that this little book will contribute in combating one of the forces that make for war---popular ignorance of war's realities. Let each individual fully grasp and understand the misery, degradation, and destruction that await him in war, and the barbarous ordeal by carnage will quickly become the most unpopular institution on earth.

J. KOETTGEN</P>



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CONTENTS

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE</FONT></TD>

I MARCHING INTO BELGIUM</FONT></TD>

II FIGHTING IN BELGIUM</FONT></TD>

III SHOOTING CIVILIANS IN BELGIUM</FONT></TD>

IV GERMAN SOLDIERS AND BELGIAN CIVILIANS</FONT></TD>

V THE HORRORS OF STREET FIGHTING</FONT></TD>

VI CROSSING THE MEUSE</FONT></TD>

VII IN PURSUIT</FONT></TD>

VIII NEARLY BURIED ALIVE ON THE BATTLEFIELD</FONT></TD>

IX SOLDIERS SHOOTING THEIR OWN OFFICERS</FONT></TD>

X SACKING SUIPPES</FONT></TD>

XI MARCHING TO THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE---INTO THE TRAP</FONT></TD>

XII AT THE MARNE---IN THE MAW OF DEATH</FONT></TD>

XIII THE ROUT OF THE MARNE</FONT></TD>

XIV THE FLIGHT FROM THE MARNE</FONT></TD>

XV AT THE END OF THE FLIGHT</FONT></TD>

XVI THE BEGINNING OF TRENCH WARFARE</FONT></TD>

XVII FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH THE ENEMY</FONT></TD>

XVIII FIGHTING IN THE ARGONNES</FONT></TD>

XIX CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES</FONT></TD>

XX THE " ITCH "---A SAVIOR</FONT></TD>

XXI IN THE HELL OF VAUQUOIS</FONT></TD>

XXII SENT ON FURLOUGH</FONT></TD>

XXIII THE FLIGHT TO HOLLAND</FONT></TD>

XXIV AMERICA AND SAFETY</FONT></TD>


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