Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Sasse on Reformation Day, 1917
Note - Sasse wrote this in 1942, reminiscing about Reformation Day, 1917, the 400th anniversary of the Reformation. There were three great battles in Flanders during WW1; Sasse must be referring to what is known to English speakers as The Battle of Passchendaele, which concluded in early November, 1917 with half a million casualties on both sides. During this battle, Sasse, a sergeant in the German infantry, earned the Iron Cross (2nd Class), the second highest battle honour in Germany at the time.
From The Message of the Reformation in Changing Times, a talk given in Erlangen, Germany on 10th November, 1942.
The pic of Australian soldiers nr. Passchendaele in 1917 is by Australian war photographer Frank Hurley.