By Leon C. Standifer
Standifer, who served within the 94th Infantry department in western Germany, the Sudetenland, and Bavaria within the first 12 months of profession, chronicles that certain and chaotic time from the point of view of a regular GI. Germany used to be an epic panorama of human desire, and towns lay in ruins. however the warfare used to be over, gentle and laughter have been once more attainable, and, as Standifer recollects, "we had a ball in the course of that first year." one of the issues he skilled or witnessed have been black-market operations huge and small (American cigarettes served as a common foreign money, and some oz. of mess-hall grease or used espresso grounds have been worthwhile commodities); the spectacle of gung-ho officials trying to flip wrestle troops into spit-and-polish paraders; the exploitive video games performed among American infantrymen and German ladies; a gut-wrenching stopover at to a displaced folks camp; and the problems desirous about guarding captured infantrymen who have been now not the enemy.
Perhaps such a lot revealing, and sometimes spectacular, are the attitudes Standifer came across between traditional Germans towards the conflict, the Nazis, the "Hitler occasions" in general-not basically through the career, but additionally a long time later while he revisited Germany and spoke with aged survivors of these instances. For there are particularly voices telling the story of Binding Up the Wounds. One is that of the combat-hardened yet differently naive twenty-year-old who lived the reviews. the opposite is that of the writer as retired collage professor on reflection over part a century and complicated out what these studies intended for himself, for the United States, and for humankind.
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Binding Up the Wounds: An American Soldier in Occupied Germany, 1945--1946 by Leon C. Standifer