Publication of the WWI Diary of Ernst Jünger

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  1. One of the most graphic accounts of World War I, the diary of German author Ernst Jünger, has been published for the first time. Its dispassionate description of life and death on the Western Front is a cold indictment of war -- even though Jünger embraced the conflict throughout as a glorious test of manhood.

    August 26, 1916, Guillemont, Somme region, northeastern France:

    "In front of my hole lies an Englishman who fell there yesterday. He is fat and bloated and has his full pack on and is covered in thousands of steel blue flies."

    More at:

    The WWI Diary of Ernst Jünger: Newly Published Memoir Recalls Horror of Western Front - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International