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 studies as a small-town Mississippi boy who at age nineteen stumbled on himself struggling with as a wrestle 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 yankee profession military within the place of birth 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 distinct 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 remembers, "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 invaluable 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 desirous about guarding captured infantrymen who have been now not the enemy.

Perhaps so much revealing, and infrequently excellent, are the attitudes Standifer chanced on between usual Germans towards the conflict, the Nazis, the "Hitler instances" in general-not purely through the profession, but additionally a long time later whilst he revisited Germany and spoke with aged survivors of these instances. For there are relatively 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 reviews. 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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