By Julius Koettgen
The expression and the habit of the warriors betrayed that anything used to be agitating their brain, that an emotion had taken ownership of them which they can now not grasp and had by no means skilled prior to. On myself i'll notice a very good restlessness. worry and interest threw my concepts right into a wild jumble; my head was once swimming, and every thing appeared to press upon my center. yet i needed to hide my fears from my comrades. i do know i attempted to with a will, yet even if I succeeded greater than my comrades, whose uneasiness i may learn of their faces, I doubt very much.
Though i used to be conscious that we should always be within the firing line inside of part an hour, I endeavored to persuade myself that our participation within the struggle could not be invaluable. I clung obstinately, nay, virtually convulsively to each concept that may well develop that desire or provide me comfort. That now not each bullet unearths its billet; that, as we have been advised, such a lot wounds in sleek wars have been through grazing photographs which caused[Pg nine] moderate flesh-wounds; these have been a few of the reiterated self-deceptions indulged in opposed to my greater wisdom. and so they proved potent. It was once not just that they made me actually suppose less difficult; deeply engaged in these recommendations I had scarcely saw that we have been already particularly close to the firing line.
The bicycles in conjunction with the line published to us that the bike owner corps have been engaged by means of the enemy. We didn't comprehend, in fact, the energy of our competitors as we approached the firing line in leaps. In jumping ahead each bent down instinctively, while to our correct and left and in the back of us the enemy's bullets should be heard amazing; but we reached the firing line with none casualties and have been heartily welcomed through our hard-pressed neighbors. The cyclists, too, had now not but suffered any losses; a few, it's precise, had already been a little wounded, yet they can proceed to take part within the fight.
We have been mendacity flat at the floor, and fired within the course indicated to us as speedy as our rifles could let. to date we had now not obvious our rivals. That, it appeared, was once too little attention-grabbing to a couple of our squaddies; so that they rose partially, and fired in a kneeling place. males of my corporation needed to pay their interest with their lives. virtually at one and an identical time they have been shot throughout the head. the 1st sufferer of our team fell down ahead with no uttering a legitimate; the second one threw up his fingers and fell on his again. either one of them have been lifeless instantly.
A German deserter's warfare adventure, German infantrymen and Belgian Civilians, approximately Buried Alive at the Battlefield, Into the catch, within the Maw of demise, the start of Trench war, pleasant relatives with the Enemy
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A German deserter's war experience by Julius Koettgen