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The Wrack of the Storm

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Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,022 / 120 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.6
LoC Category: U
Downloads: 764
Added to site: 2006.02.27 12849
Genres: War, Essays

Translated by Alexander Teixeira De Mattos

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Here is an example of the collective bravery of nameless heroes, an ingenuous and almost unconscious courage, which rivals and at times exceeds the most exalted deeds in legend and history, for since the days of the great martyrs men have never suffered death more simply for a simple idea.

And, if amid the anguish of our struggle it were seemly to speak of aught but tears and lamentations, we should find a magnificent consolation in the spectacle of the unexpected heroism that suddenly surrounds us on every side. It may well be said that never in the memory of mankind have men sacrificed their lives with such zest, such self-abnegation, such enthusiasm; and that the immortal virtues which to this day have uplifted and preserved the flower of the human race have never shone more brilliantly, never manifested greater power, energy or youth.



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