New Book Revisits Great War Through German Sergeant’s Story

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Peter Lubrecht Sr. publishes grandfather’s letters while serving in German Imperial Army.

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The Great War, the first global conflict in history, thrust the world in unprecedented chaos and destruction. In the recently released book titled “Liebe Kück!: A German Soldier’s Story from the Great War” (published by Xlibris), Peter Lubrecht Sr. sheds new light on this grim episode through the experiences of Sgt. Alwin Ficke, his grandfather who served in the German Imperial Army.

“Liebe Kück!: A German Soldier’s Story from the Great War” is based on the letters that Sgt. Ficke wrote home to his wife and family from August 1914 until his death in France in February 1915. The sergeant’s viewpoint paints a different, not usually seen picture of German military actions in Belgium and the Champagne Valley. His story of life on the battlefields also gives voice to the hope and fear that millions of people, regardless of political convictions and allegiances, felt in the midst of the violence and trauma of the First World War.

“These are the words of a caring family man who was thrust into a situation where survival was improbable,” Lubrecht says, “One hundred years later, they provide a picture of a nightmare endured by many and survived by few, which need to be set in a time and a place that shows prewar daily life followed by the upheaval and disasters of the war years.”

By sharing this account, Lubrecht has painted a humanistic portrait of the Great War, correcting the common misconception of wars being black and white. “Liebe Kück!: A German Soldier’s Story from the Great War” is a story of a life-changing journey from home to battle and a glimpse into the struggles of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times.

“Liebe Kück!: A German Soldier’s Story from the Great War”
By Peter Lubrecht Sr.
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 294 pages | ISBN 9781503554702
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 294 pages | ISBN 9781503554719
E-Book | 294 pages | ISBN 9781503554696
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Peter Lubrecht Sr. holds a PhD in educational theater from New York University and a master’s degree in English and drama theory from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. An avid researcher with an interest in historical theater, Lubrecht has been lecturing locally on the Civil War and 19th century American Theater. He has also authored “New Jersey Butterfly Boys in the Civil War” and “Germans in New Jersey.”

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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