By Julius Koettgen
The expression and the habit of the warriors betrayed that whatever used to be agitating their brain, that an emotion had taken ownership of them which they can no longer grasp and had by no means skilled prior to. On myself i'll become aware of a superb restlessness. worry and interest threw my suggestions right into a wild jumble; my head was once swimming, and every thing appeared to press upon my middle. yet i needed to hide my fears from my comrades. i do know i attempted to with a will, yet no matter if I succeeded larger than my comrades, whose uneasiness i may learn of their faces, I doubt very much.
Though i used to be acutely aware that we must always be within the firing line inside of part an hour, I endeavored to persuade myself that our participation within the struggle may now not be priceless. I clung obstinately, nay, virtually convulsively to each concept that may perhaps boost that desire or supply me comfort. That no longer each bullet unearths its billet; that, as we have been instructed, such a lot wounds in sleek wars have been troubled through grazing photographs which caused[Pg nine] moderate flesh-wounds; these have been a number of the reiterated self-deceptions indulged in opposed to my higher wisdom. they usually proved potent. It was once not just that they made me actually suppose easier; deeply engaged in these recommendations I had scarcely saw that we have been already particularly close to the firing line.
The bicycles together with the line published to us that the bicycle owner corps have been engaged by means of the enemy. We didn't recognize, in fact, the power of our rivals as we approached the firing line in leaps. In jumping ahead each one bent down instinctively, while to our correct and left and at the back of us the enemy's bullets can be heard amazing; but we reached the firing line with none casualties and have been heartily welcomed by way of our hard-pressed neighbors. The cyclists, too, had now not but suffered any losses; a few, it's actual, had already been a bit 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 enable. to this point we had now not visible our rivals. That, it appeared, used to be too little attention-grabbing to a couple of our infantrymen; 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 analogous time they have been shot throughout the head. the 1st sufferer of our staff fell down ahead with no uttering a legitimate; the second one threw up his palms and fell on his again. either one of them have been useless instantly.
A German deserter's battle adventure, German infantrymen and Belgian Civilians, approximately Buried Alive at the Battlefield, Into the capture, within the Maw of demise, the start of Trench conflict, pleasant family members with the Enemy
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A German deserter's war experience by Julius Koettgen