By Leon C. Standifer
In his hugely acclaimed Not in Vain, Leon C. Standifer stated his stories as a small-town Mississippi boy who at age nineteen discovered himself scuffling with as a strive against infantryman in global struggle II France and Germany. Binding up the Wounds contains the tale past V-E Day to explain what the writer observed, heard, felt, and realized as a member of the yankee profession military within the native land of its defeated enemy.
Standifer, who served within the 94th Infantry department in western Germany, the Sudetenland, and Bavaria within the first yr of profession, chronicles that special and chaotic time from the perspective of a customary GI. Germany was once an epic panorama of human want, and towns lay in ruins. however the conflict was once over, mild 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 forex, and some oz of mess-hall grease or used espresso grounds have been worthy 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 girls; a gut-wrenching stopover at to a displaced individuals camp; and the problems all in favour of guarding captured infantrymen who have been not the enemy.
Perhaps so much revealing, and infrequently wonderful, are the attitudes Standifer found between traditional Germans towards the warfare, the Nazis, the "Hitler instances" in general-not purely through the profession, but additionally many years later while he revisited Germany and spoke with aged survivors of these occasions. 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 studies. the opposite is that of the writer as retired university professor on reflection over part a century and confusing out what these studies intended for himself, for the United States, and for humankind.
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We would break through a crust of ice, fill the canteen, and drink. Several days later, when the snow thawed, someone found the dead German who had been lying in the spring just where it flowed out of the hillside. No one got sick, and the water tasted much better than the iodine-treated stuff that we were supposed to be drinking. I sat there listening, remembering, needing to confess. ''Man, I almost broke at Nennig. It wasn't the fighting or possibility of getting wounded; I knew the hospital could patch me up.
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Binding Up the Wounds: An American Soldier in Occupied Germany 1945-1946 by Leon C. Standifer