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Copse 125: A Chronicle from the Trench Warfare of 1918 Paperback – March 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0865274457 ISBN-10: 0865274452

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Fertig (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865274452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865274457
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. G Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2008
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COPSE 125 was one of a quadrilogy of works Ernst Jünger wrote on his experiences as a storm trooper for Germany during the First World War. The most famous of these, of course, is THE STORM OF STEEL, which made him a celebrity, but COPSE 125 is a very different type of book, and it's no surprise to me that some who read and enjoyed STORM posted their disappointment here.

STORM was an "external" memior of Jünger's four years as a front-line soldier, a period which saw him wounded sixteen times and awarded with Prussia's highest decoration for bravery, the Pour le Merité, which was also awarded to Rommel and Richtofen. By "external" I mean that the book deals almost exclusively with what happened to Jünger during the war - what he saw, what he did, what was done to him. It did NOT record what he felt, and many who read it dismissed him as a blunted, cold-blooded automaton, incapable of real human feeling, and to this day (he died only recently, at 103) he is villified as the "Godfather of fascism" for glorifying war and rationalizing the unspeakable. In fact, Jünger was a remarkably sensitive man, and withheld his feelings about combat to make them the subject of his subsequent works (including the long essay, "War as an Inward Experience"); it seems his true "crime" was in failing to conclude that war was a complete evil ("Life can only assert itself in its own destruction", he writes) and it is probably no coincidence that his harshest critics are people who have never been shot at.

COPSE 125 is a battle memior of sorts, which Jünger wrote using the journal he kept during a stay at Pieseux-au-Mont in 1918, but it is not by any means a "combat" book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Graeme M. Thompson on July 17, 2008
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If you're at all interested in the views of Right Wing Germans in the period between wars (it was penned in the early '20s), this is a good read. If you simply follow Junger, you'll also be interested in this, because it's exactly the sort of thing he was trying to disavow in his later years.

Junger throws in some action, some thoughts on leadership, day-to-day details from the front, and thoughts about how trench warfare evolved from 1914 to 1918.

Certainly the other reviewers are correct to assert this is a nationalist book. Particularly interesting to me is the fact that Junger seems to both disavow and embrace the 'Stab-in-the-back' myth that was so prevalent in Right Wing circles of the time. When he talks about the possibility that Germany will lose the war, he says the nation as a whole is to blame. Later, he mentions that the elements responsible for the loss should be jettisoned from German society.

I suspect he was all too happy to let people read the book either way. While I'm a fan of the man and everything he accomplished in a long and storied life, he was a pretty slippery character. That was true before the concept of the 'anarch' had been fully developed, and it's definitely on display here.

Also on display is his genuine love for battle as he experienced it, and a love of technology. His speculation on war machinery to come was of particular interest. One could read it as an anticipation of the helicopter. The roots for his later works, such as The Glass Bees and Aladdin's Problem are here, definitely, less the dream or trance-like qualities that color his post-WWII books.

This is Junger before he got burned by the ascent of the Nazis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Larsen on February 22, 2014
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Occupying a position somewhere between Storm of Steel and Der Arbeiter, Copse 125 is both military memoir and German Conservative Revolutionary ideology. Those who don't read German will benefit from Copse 125's philosophical passages, which offer a preview of much of Der Arbeiter's strange but fascinating techno-totalitarianism. Those looking for a straight combat memoir shouldn't be disappointed either.
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