By J. Crouthamel
This eye-opening learn offers a nuanced, provocative account of ways German infantrymen within the nice conflict skilled and enacted masculinity. Drawing on an array of appropriate narratives and media, it explores the ways in which either heterosexual and gay squaddies expressed emotion, understood romantic beliefs, and approached intimacy and sexuality.
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In the exclusively male, militarized front environment, there was little space for actual women, who were depicted in sketches and feature articles as a nuisance with their superficial, flirtatious desires. 57 Though occasionally flirtatious and always attractive, women were also a distraction from military duties. Soldiers’ newspapers also contained comedic features and cartoons that defined images of the “good” woman in contrast to women who were problematic. In many ways, the “good” German woman was contrasted with the “other,” which was the foreign woman under occupation.
The imagined “good” woman was ultimately a virginal, spiritual figure, often represented as a transcendent muse for suffering soldiers. Popular postcards depicted women as dreamlike figments of soldiers’ imaginations, giving men a psychological outlet while they endured the stress of the front. One series of postcards produced in 1915–16 titled “I stand guard in the dark and gloomy midnight” depicted soldiers standing watch in an idyllic grove of trees. ”53 Such images clearly inspired real soldiers in the squalor of the trenches.
The air force played on their pilots’ sense of commitment to fighting, and they suggested that men were not prohibited entirely from sexual activity but only needed to take precautions and avoid excess. Soldiers at the front apparently did not take these official warnings very seriously. Writing for the frontline newspaper Der Flieger (The Flyer), medical corps Captain Dr. Fischer criticized soldiers for treating VD as a joke. He promoted abstinence as not only the best means of disease prevention but also a soldier’s duty.