Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

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Students were clearly overrepresented among the soldiers of the First World War. The mention of exclusively or predominantly student-recruited military units in wartime and postwar literature, however, belongs to the realm of fiction. Its origins must be sought in the frequently politically motivated idealizations that were characteristic of journalistic publications and commemorative events. The most famous German example is the myth that “student regiments” singing the German national …

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Weber, Thomas, “Students”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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