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By Leon C. Standifer

In his hugely acclaimed Not in Vain, Leon C. Standifer acknowledged his stories as a small-town Mississippi boy who at age nineteen came upon himself battling 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 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 special and chaotic time from the point of view of a regular GI. Germany was once an epic panorama of human want, and towns lay in ruins. however the battle 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 priceless commodities); the spectacle of gung-ho officials trying to flip wrestle 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 folks camp; and the problems all for guarding captured squaddies who have been not the enemy.

Perhaps so much revealing, and infrequently fantastic, are the attitudes Standifer found between usual Germans towards the struggle, the Nazis, the "Hitler instances" in general-not purely through the profession, but in addition many years later while he revisited Germany and spoke with aged survivors of these occasions. For there are fairly voices telling the story of Binding Up the Wounds. One is that of the combat-hardened yet in a different way naive twenty-year-old who lived the reports. the opposite is that of the writer as retired collage professor in retrospect over part a century and complicated out what these reports intended for himself, for the United States, and for humankind.

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