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'As even though jogging via a deep dream, I observed metal helmets drawing close in the course of the craters. They appeared to sprout from the fire-harrowed soil like a few iron harvest'. "Storm of metal" is among the maximum works to emerge from the disaster of the 1st global conflict. A memoir of fantastic energy, savagery and ashen lyricism, it illuminates like no different publication the horrors but additionally the fascination of overall struggle, proposing the clash throughout the eyes of a normal German soldier. As an account of the terrors of the Western entrance and of the sickening attract that made males retain struggling with on for 4 lengthy years, "Storm of metal" has no equivalent.

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The security of a position depends less on the elaborate construction of its approach routes and the depths of the firing trench than on the freshness and undiminished courage of the men defending it. For off hours, Douchy had much to commend it to its grey inhabitants. Numerous bars were still plentifully provided with eatables and drinkables; there was a reading room, a coffee bar and, later on, a cinema was improvised from a large barn. The officers enjoyed an excellently equipped mess-room and a bowling alley in the rectory garden.

So it sometimes happens that in the same 'session', two or three times, more or less clothed, you have to measure your length, to allow a machine-gun burst, like a musical scale, to pass over your head. It's the occasion for all sorts of ribaldry, of course. Among the more positive aspects of our situation is the availability of game, in particular pheasants, untold numbers of which inhabit the fallow fields. For want of shotguns, we have to try and sneak up on the rather dim 'cookpot volunteers' and blow their heads off, otherwise there's not too much left to eat.

You climb on to the fire-step, fire off a tracer round: nothing stirs. It must have been a rabbit or a pheasant, nothing more. Often you can hear the enemy working on his wire entanglements. Then you empty your magazine in his direction. Not only because those are the standing instructions, but also because you feel some pleasure as you do it. 'Let them feel the pressure for a change. ' We too go unspooling wire most nights, and take a lot of casualties. Then we curse those mean British bastards.

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