A Day With The Old Folks
June 30th 2015
About Michael Kihntopf:
Michael P. Kihntopf is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and retired high school world history and special education teacher. He holds a B.A. in history from Angelo State University, San Angelo , Texas. He is the author of three other works: Victory in the East, the Rise and Fall of the Imperial German Army (2000), Handcuffed to a Corpse, German Intervention in the Balkans, 1914-1917 (2002) and The Scent of Roses in Winter (2010). The first two dealt with a German perspective of the World War 1 Eastern Front. The third book, a novel, explores the world of a World War 1 veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He has also written nearly twenty articles about World War 1 military events which various magazines have published.
About A Day With The Old Folks:
A Day with the Old Folks, Verdun 1916, is the story of one day in the lives of a half squad of men engaged in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One. The Old Folks is a unique group who got their name not because of age but rather for their uncanny ability to survive together for over a year in deadly circumstances. This book puts these men under a microscope accompanying them through confrontation with the enemy, looks into their dreams and their reasons for being where they are and shows the conditions that those men lived under. The book is reminiscent of works by Erich Remarque, Ernst Jünge, and Emil Zweig who wrote about their experiences in the Great War; a style that has not been seen since the 1930s. Its inspiration is One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.