Gustav Danz World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript
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Brief Description:

One diary, four by six inches, 66 pp., in German, covering the period August 5, 1914, to January 11, 1916, but primarily August to October, 1914.  Describes street fighting and trench warfare in France, including details of camp life and digging trenches.

Accompanied by a rough English translation of the diary, and ten photographs of Germans in uniform dating from the Second World War, mostly unidentified, with no stated connection to the author of the diary.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
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Record Series Number: 1/8/1854
Created by: Danz, Gustav
Volume: 1.0 Folders
Arrangement: One folder.
Biographical Note for Danz, Gustav : Nothing is known about Gustav Danz.  An inscription on his diary asks that it be sent in case of his death to his wife, Anna Danz, in Mannheim.  Gustav Danz was inducted into the army in Mannheim on August 5, 1914.  The diary ends when he is sent to a field hospital in January, 1916.  An online registry of First World War deaths lists a Gustav Danz who died on July 19, 1917.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Danz, Gustav.
Soldiers - Germany - History
World War, 1914-1918 - France
Genres/Forms of Material
World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, German
Languages of Materials
German [ger]
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Acquisition Notes: Purchased from Apfelbaum.
PreferredCitation: Gustav Danz Diary, VFM 1854, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale