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Four Weeks in the Trenches

Fritz Kreisler

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A brief record of the fighting on the Eastern front in the great war by a participant in that great and terrible conflict.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . a weird and impressive picture in the wonderful starlight night, these soldiers sitting around the camp fires softly singing in chorus; the fantastic outlines of the monastery half hidden in the woods; the dark figures of the monks moving silently back and forth amongst the shadows of the trees as they brought refreshments to the troops; the red glow of the camp fires illuminating the eager and enthusiastic faces of the young officers grouped around the colonel; the snorting and stamping of the horses nearby; an occasional melodic outcry of a sentinel out in the night; all these things merging into an unforgettable scene of great romanticism and beauty. That night I lay for a long while stretched near the smoldering ashes of the camp fire, with my cape as a blanket, in a state of lassitude and somnolence, my soul filled with exaltation and happiness over the beauty around me.

The rest, however, was of very short duration, for at six o'clock in the morning we were. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The remarkable personal reminiscences of a highly educated masterful writer, who entered service in the Austrian army at the beginning of the First World War.
He begins with a description of his countries transformation in mood, and stirring of patriotism. The enthusiasm and haste of all to defeat...more

Pretty interesting. The first memoir from the Austrian side of World War Is Eastern Front. It was very short. The author was wounded and invalided after the first month of fighting. There is some well-written description of the action, battlefield imagery, the angst of coming first action, the fi...more