Hope and Despair, Depravity and Justification






PHOTO PROMPT © Madison Woods

After four years the soldiers arrived fighting ferociously through the bullets, mine fields, and smoke to tear down the wire.

Good men conscripted; lawyers, teachers, builders, grocers, accountants, the local magistrate, all charged the enemy heroically.

Pressing onwards oblivious to the bodies of fallen comrades they slaughtered our guards and persecutors; invaded and laid waste the Stalag huts, to liberate us wretched and broken from our suffering and squalor.

But at the women’s huts they paused…then took us as spoils of war.

Husbands and fathers, brothers and uncles, but in their army uniforms, they took us as spoils of war.

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


31 thoughts on “Hope and Despair, Depravity and Justification

  1. So many women were hidden from the allied forces, as they moved forward. Sad but true. But if trapped and unable to hide, it does not bare thinking about.


    • Thank-you Sandra. I’m always nervous of posting a piece like that in case it doesn’t respect or do justice to the subject. Your comments are very much appreciated.

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  2. Dear Michael,

    I’d like to just copy and paste Sandra’s comment here. Very well done take on the prompt. It’s difficult to distill the horror and outrage into 100 words but you’ve done a good job of it.




  3. There’s so much depth and agony in your story, I don’t even know where to start. War brings out the worst, hardening towards the violence and suffering, taking the spoils of war, treasure, women: making the enemies’ possessions, including women, their own. Not much has changed over the millennia. And as more recent wars have shown us, women soldiers commit cruel atrocities too.

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  4. Thank-you so much for your comments. I’m pleased you liked it so much and sent such a comprehensive reply. Obviously I agree with your sentiments which was the point of the story, the evil ordinary people are capable of in barbaric situations is hard to comprehend from my safe little life in middle England.Thanks again, much appreciated.


  5. Too right but what makes an ordinary civilian turn bad in uniform? Is it something lurking in all of us waiting to emerge when the conditions are right?


  6. Mick,

    Good work. Sad topic. Thank you for shining the light on the darkness. I’ve often said to my wife that we need to remember that the only reason we were the “good guys” in WWII is because the “bad guys” were so very, very bad.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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