By Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage
This lyrical memoir deals a clean glance contained in the trauma of struggle and captivity in the course of the First global conflict, with resonance for contemporary world.Georges Connes was once a tender literature graduate while he used to be drafted and served within the notorious and bloody conflict of Verdun. A survivor, he used to be captured by way of the Germans in June 1916 and have become a prisoner of struggle till his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment global struggle, he used to be energetic within the French Resistance, was once arrested and detained, and finally went into hiding. After the warfare, he served because the period in-between mayor of Dijon prior to returning to his educational lifestyles as a professor of British and American literature.Connes noted his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that an important discomfort persisted if you happen to needed to suffer the 'firing, blood and dirt' of warfare. Connes specializes in the human elements of battle, that are all too effortless to omit within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the principal black and white view of 'us as opposed to them' to unearth the complexities of struggle. 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 smooth background, Connes remained positive approximately humanity. This voice of desire offers perception not just into the 1st global conflict yet into the modern global.
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10. Stenay is a small town north-west of Azanne. 26 From Verdun to Mainz 11. Connes seems to have visited Germany only once before. In August 1908 he had witnessed the national mourning for the catastrophe of the zeppelin L 74 near Stuttgart. 12. An uhlan was a cavalryman bearing a lance in German, Austrian and Polish armies. This vision of Connes evokes the somewhat quixotic caricatures by such artists as Daumier and Hansi that were seen during the FrancoPrussian War (1870–71). The 1914 battle of the Marne River was one of the bloodiest stages of the war and a temporary victory for the Allied Forces.
You have to put up with all his peculiarities and his faults. We are living in very close quarters here. For months, years, a single room serves as bedroom, bathroom, dining room, study and work room for three, seven, ten or twelve junior officers, according to the room’s size. The beds are most often double bunks as in the cabin of a transatlantic liner. It is a question of choosing companions whose peculiarities and faults coincide with yours. There are some awkward characters whom no one wants and who wander about, tossed from one room to another, a week here, two weeks there, never satisfied and never acceptable to anyone.
The ultimate shame is not to parade past the enemy’s eyes but rather to file past our compatriots. The Germans could humiliate us this way, by swinging through the French town, an excellent way to depress the morale of occupied regions. The captors decide not to do so. The road from the barracks to the train station skirts the town, and we only come across a few Frenchmen. We stiffen, unable to speak, tears coming to our eyes. A road worker, old and bent, looks up from his toil, his face showing consternation when he sees us followed by a column of soldiers.
A POW's Memoir of the First World War: The Other Ordeal (Legacy of the Great War) by Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage