No people have been more poorly served by their leaders than the German people, going back to the founding of the modern German nation. Most people would assume I’m referring to you know who and the you know what, but that’s just one example.The Kaiser’s actions in the lead up to the Great War were reckless and crazy, costing his people immeasurably. The Great War has largely been forgotten, but it is fair to pin the blame there for what came after on the events of 100 years ago.
I’ve been reading about the Great War lately and one event in the Battle of Ypres jumped out to me for its significance today. The German army found itself on the defensive after the French rallied at The Marne. They retreated back toward Belgium and took up defensive positions before the Race to the Sea, where both sides tried to outflank the other to the north. The Battle of Ypres was at the end of this.
There’s one battle that struck a chord with me and it is the Battle of Langemarck. The war had not gone as the Germans had planned and they suddenly found themselves needing many more soldiers. Not only was there not going to be a quick end to the war, the Allies had amassed a huge army and the Germans had to match it so they began conscripting every able bodied man into the army.
Both sides found themselves in a position where they were sending raw recruits into battle against hardened units in a form of warfare no one had contemplated until the Great War. The result was often slaughter where raw units were sent rushing against machine gun positions, only to be mowed down by the thousands. By Langemarck, however, both sides were well aware of the reality of this war.
In September 1914 four new German Army Corps had been formed. At that time, a German corp was about 12,000 men so these new corps totaled 50,000 men at most. Estimates vary, but about 75% of these new units were young volunteers between 17 and 19 years of age. As a result of the young age of so many of the soldiers, the Corps became known as the “Kinderkorps”. The word “Kinder” translates as “children” in English.
These four Corps were incorporated into the German Fourth Army and by October, with only a few weeks of training, they were on the march towards the front at Ypres. On the other side were experience soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force. These were some of the best soldiers in the war at the time. The BEF was a professional, full-time military that had fought around the globe prior to the war in France.
The accounts are disputed, but the reports at the time claim these “Kinderkorps” attacked the British positions, singing Deutschland Uber Alles, with some having put flowers in their helmets. This was most assuredly apocryphal, made up to add poignancy to a dreadful event. Estimates say 70% of these units were mowed down in the attack. Again, the details are disputed by revisionists, who have motives worse than the the people they wish to refute, but the slaughter is not disputed.
For a long time this event held a special place in the German national consciousness, but I’m sure it no longer holds any place today. It should have remained a warning to all future Germans about the conduct of their leaders and the cost of giving them too much power. The story of German leadership since the founding of the modern state is one of suicidal squandering of their most precious resources for no good purpose, beyond self-aggrandizement.
This is relevant today in what we are seeing with Merkel’s quest to fill up Germany with Muslims form the Near East. These Muslims are not looking to become German, even if that were a possibility. They are not seeking temporary shelter from a storm back home. The majority are men of military age, who should be back home fighting to make their country safe again. No, this is just a bunch of people looking for a better deal.
Germany should be organizing the defense of Europe, helping the periphery deal with this flood of migrants. Instead, it is a slow motion “Kindermord”, where the children of today are being sacrificed to the mad policies of a bunch of old farts in charge of the country.The absolute inability to admit error is leading the German political class to embrace what amounts to national suicide, just so they can feel good.
Reading about the Great War, it’s hard to comprehend how the leaders of that age could have been so foolish, reckless and craven. But, we also have the benefit of 100 years of hindsight. Still, after the first wave of young men were fed into the gaping maw of industrial warfare, there was simply no excuse for not seeking a way to end what was a pointless war.
One hundred years from now, if civilization permits a looking back at our age, people will wonder how the leaders of today let wave after wave of migrants wash away European civilization. After the first experiments with wholesale immigration, how could they not see the suicidal lunacy of these polices? The lesson, of course, is no amount of “Kindermord” can shake the faith of men determined to wipe themselves out.