A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER : AN ARTIST AMONG THE BATTLEFIELDS

Montyn, J. & Koolman, D. A.


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1st Eng., ed., 1984. 252 pp., 41 photo-plates, 2 ills., + 4 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. When still in his teens Jan Montyn had seen the German Occupation of Holland and the wider opportunities it offered as the dawn of a new freedom. He had joined the German navy in a spirit of bravado, only to find himself trapped in the final, agonising throes of Germany's defeat. As an artist it affected him deeply, leaving him prey to hidden terrors and nightmares. From being a devotee of war he became a pacifist. The story covers his service in the Baltic on a German minesweeper at the age of nineteen ; the mud, snow and slaughter of the trenches of the Eastern Front ; the hell of the Allied bombing of Dresden ; playing cat-and-mouse with the Russian army in a last ditch stand on the banks of the Oder ; the retreat across Germany into the arms of the Allied forces ; his escape from a POW camp and joining the Foreign Legion. A few years later he was back at war in Korea.


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