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War and dysentery


‘The narrator states that by 1918, war had come to seem so perpetual, so inescapable a fact of existence, that it was just another cause of death, “like cancer or tuberculosis or influenza or dysentery”. As to the latter, the German soldiers were so accustomed to it by the end of the war that they thought it was not worth pulling up their trousers; and the shirt-tails of their Russian prisoners of war were stained with blood.’