A 1915 repudiation of German atrocities in the Great War
First edition, hardback. Cloth spine with paper covered board, large title label to upper board. 22 × 15cm, 93pp.
Full title: German Crimes? 1. Contra Joseph Bédier: "Les Crimes allemands d'après des témoignages allemands" ; 2. A reply given by French documents
A rare World War One book on atrocities committed by the advancing German army at the start of the war. The author repudiates the claims of Joseph Bedier, a French historian, who had collected private and German soldiers' diaries to record atrocities committed on French and Belgian citizens and soldiers, and also uses French documents, diaries and letters to back his defence. As the author writes in his preface "[This] little book is directed against a work [Bedier's], the object os which is the destruction of the moral reputation, not only of the German troops and their leaders, but of the whole German nation."
This copy is in very good condition for age. It is ex-Institutional library with stamps and a code to the title page and front cover etc, but the binding is secure and the pages are clean, if tanned. Covers slightly worn. A rare title.