A POW's Memoir of the First World War: The Other Ordeal by Georges Connes, Lois Davis Vines, Marie-Claire Connes Wrage

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

This lyrical memoir bargains a clean glance contained in the trauma of warfare and captivity through the First international battle, with resonance for modern world.Georges Connes used to be a tender literature graduate whilst he used to be 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 conflict till his repatriation in January 1919. within the moment global struggle, he used to be energetic within the French Resistance, used to be arrested and detained, and eventually went into hiding. After the conflict, he served because the period in-between mayor of Dijon ahead of returning to his educational existence as a professor of British and American literature.Connes noted his time as a POW as ''The different Ordeal', spotting that an important agony persisted if you happen to needed to undergo the 'firing, blood and dirt' of conflict. Connes makes a speciality of the human facets of warfare, that are all too effortless to fail to remember within the age of mass media. He passionately argues opposed to the primary 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 viewpoint on struggle. A survivor of 2 of the best conflicts in glossy heritage, Connes remained confident approximately humanity. This voice of wish offers perception not just into the 1st international conflict yet into the modern global.

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7 He stops in front of each one of us, accompanied by a warrant officer who informs him of our names and ranks, and he salutes us. We salute him back. It seems like a scene from the glorious past. A little further, at right angles to us, they line up eight or ten British navy officers who were rescued in the Skagerrack Straits at the very moment we were being picked up in front of Douaumont. All ages and ranks are represented, from the gray-haired naval commander to the beardless and rosy-cheeked midshipmen.

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. Immediately on arrival, we are allowed to write one postcard each to our families and are told that this first communication is exempt from the automatic ten-day delay required of all prisoners’ 21 The Other Ordeal correspondence.

Their heavy boots and weapons resound all night just outside our doors. Later, we will request (and our request will be granted) that their boots be replaced by slippers. Any prisoners found outside after nightfall would be shot without warning. Of course, everything is f loodlit. The time for opening and closing depends on the season. m. , fifteen hours out of twenty-four, which amounts to almost half the time over the whole year. We are trapped indeed, and the Prussian organization keeps us well in its claws.

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