BOOK REC’: STORM OF STEEL – ERNST JUNGER

By 11th November 2018Uncategorised

For those interested in shockingly candid accounts of The Great War, a couple of weeks back I also read Ernst Jünger’s simply incredible memoir, ‘Storm of Steel’. The first substantial narrative I’ve encountered from the other side too. His experience as a German shock trooper (specialist in storming trenches) is just as extraordinary as that of Graves, Jünger being wounded four times, the last time was a bullet through the chest that finished his war (but he lived to the age of 102).

Extraordinary men, who seemed to express no black hatred of the enemy – Graves even knew he was firing at cousins and uncles as he was half German (Robert Von Graves in fact and the reason he signed up immediately to avoid suspicion).

Perfect time for these works of human courage, endurance, suffering and historical accuracy to be read.

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