Lot 377WWI series of approx 10 letters including two...

Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm



WWI series of approx 10 letters including two remarkable and extensive letters to Sir Francis and Lady Denys-Burton from the German Governess to their children dated September 14th and September 16th 1914, three and six pp 4to respectively, giving the German perspective on the first few weeks of the War and imploring Lady Denys-Burton to understand the German position. ‘...you know from the papers that so far the German army has been Victorious in France & that a new battle is now raging new Paris. The German troops have been equally successful on the Russian frontier where the Russians lost 92,000 prisoners, 513 guns about 20000 horses etc in the battle of Tannenberg...I do not know whether you are aware that the French & the Russians have only been on the verge of the German borders...the Russians burnt down every village & farm they got to & shot men & woman for no offence whatsoever. The French behaved like Barbarians... ‘...all along you must be thinking of me as an enemy, the Barbarian whose soldiers behave like Huns & who are a disgrace to the world ! I implore you don’t believe the dreadful stories in the Daily Mail. They are mostly pure imagination. An organisation has been formed in Germany to spread the truth in England...’ Together with a letter written from France on August 1st 1914 describing what was happening as the troops were being mobilised : ‘... probably all communications will be cut off, the post if just going so have not time for much, the train service is all stopped only for the soldiers so it will be absolutely impossible for anyone to travel for about 16 days...’ There is also a letter written on August 4th announcing the actual outbreak of the conflict, a letter in French from a Belgian officer describing the war

Hammer Price: £100.00

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