Binding Up the Wounds: An American Soldier in Occupied by Leon C. Standifer

By Leon C. Standifer

In his hugely acclaimed Not in Vain, Leon C. Standifer mentioned his stories as a small-town Mississippi boy who at age nineteen chanced on himself struggling with as a strive against infantryman in global battle II France and Germany. Binding up the Wounds incorporates the tale past V-E Day to explain what the writer observed, heard, felt, and discovered as a member of the yank profession military within the place of origin of its defeated enemy.

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 standard GI. Germany was once an epic panorama of human want, and towns lay in ruins. however the warfare 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 strive against troops into spit-and-polish paraders; the exploitive video games performed among American squaddies and German ladies; a gut-wrenching stopover at to a displaced people camp; and the problems fascinated by guarding captured squaddies who have been now not the enemy.

Perhaps such a lot revealing, and infrequently magnificent, are the attitudes Standifer chanced on between traditional Germans towards the conflict, the Nazis, the "Hitler instances" in general-not simply through the profession, but in addition a long time later whilst he revisited Germany and spoke with aged survivors of these instances. For there are quite 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 stories. the opposite is that of the writer as retired university professor on reflection over part a century and perplexing out what these reviews intended for himself, for the United States, and for humankind.

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