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By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage

ISBN-10: 1845205316

ISBN-13: 9781845205317

ISBN-10: 1859737838

ISBN-13: 9781859737835

This lyrical memoir bargains a clean glance contained in the trauma of battle and captivity in the course of the First global battle, with resonance for modern world.Georges Connes used to be a tender literature graduate whilst he was once drafted and served within the notorious and bloody conflict of Verdun. A survivor, he used to be captured by means of the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of battle until eventually his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment global conflict, he used to be lively within the French Resistance, used to be arrested and detained, and finally went into hiding. After the struggle, he served because the period in-between mayor of Dijon sooner than returning to his educational lifestyles as a professor of British and American literature.Connes mentioned his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that crucial affliction persevered if you needed to suffer the 'firing, blood and dust' of struggle. Connes specializes in the human facets of struggle, that are all too effortless to disregard within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the fundamental black and white view of 'us as opposed to them' to unearth the complexities of conflict. instead of demonizing his German captors, for instance, he describes person examples of gratuitous acts of kindness.Connes bargains a pacifist, internationalist standpoint on conflict. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in sleek historical past, Connes remained positive approximately humanity. This voice of desire presents perception not just into the 1st international struggle yet into the modern international.

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In the situation, judging already from each man’s attitude and words, I can guess who will be unassuming, refined, generous, selfish, coarse, boastful, brutish, or a drunk. I came back from captivity fiercely opposed to and bitterly ironic about all social systems, past, present or future, which involve any amount of community living that doesn’t allow the possibility for individuals to retire, at least at night, to some place which is his own, sheltered from other human beings. I believe that I must be considered in general as an aloof person.

The French and the Belgians are clearly wearing out their old peacetime uniforms. It’s impossible not to feel that there are several types of men present here who cohabit but don’t mingle. It’s only the official language of 1916 that claimed that the prisoners from the Allied nations formed one unit against the Germans and that attempts to divide them only brought them closer together. The Germans were too clever not to benefit from this opportunity to make their enemies, as they were temporarily gathered, aware of all that set us apart from one another.

The truth is that these subordinates don’t know anything and only spread rumors, as is done in every military group everywhere. Who and where is the person with the authority to make decisions and to take charge of waiting for other prisoners or forming a convoy with those present? We have no idea. We will know we are leaving only one hour before departure. Some of us, who have for two years received and obeyed a hundred times marching orders for an unknown destination with only fifteen minutes preparation, are irritated by this lack of consideration.

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