This vivid selection of first-hand accounts and other wartime documents sheds 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 wartime propaganda with its talk of ‘heroism’ and ‘patriotic sacrifice’. Over 200 mostly archival documents are featured in the selection, including wartime letters, military despatches 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 published in English.
Bernd Ulrich is a freelance historian and journalist in Berlin, who works for newspapers and magazines, publishing houses, academic journals and museums (www.berndulrich.com). He is a specialist on the First World War and has written a number of books and articles on this topic. Most recently he was the curator of the exhibition.
Benjamin Ziemann is reader in modern history at the University of Sheffield. His research has concentrated on German social, cultural and political history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and he has made a special study of the First World War. In addition to his many articles in academic journals and magazines, his publications include Sozialgeschichte der Religion.
This is a serious piece of academic work, supported by a well thought out framework, which is explained clearly in the introduction. The extracts themselves will be of value to anyone with an interest in... [read full review]History of War Website
This amazing work only narrowly missed out on being the Editor's Choice this month. Using archive materials as well as personal letters, diaries, extracts from the newspapers and various official reports, this book provides a... [read full review]Great War Magazine, Jan 2011
This is a selection of quotes from German soldiers, mainly from the Western Front, drawing on unpublished letters and memoirs, press and other articles, and held together with commentary and contextual explanation from the editors.... [read full review]1914-1918.org
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