A German Deserter's War Experience
Category: First World War
London. Grant Richards. 1917.
First edition; 8vo; original boards and dust jacket. The author of this narrative escaped Germany and military service after 14 months of fighting in France. He did not wish to have his name made public, fearing reprisals against his relatives. The vivid description of the life of a common German soldier during "The Great War". His story contains the first German description of the retreat of the German armies after the battle of the Marne. Her was a soldier against his will, a hater of militarism for whom there was no romance in war, but only butchery and brutality, grime and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation. An important and rare account of the War from a different perspective as Koettgen was a pacifist and a socialist. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, which has somewear to the top of the spine and is also darkened.