Unnamed German Patrol Leader

One of the men present in Amiens the night of "Ad Astra" is the quiet Sartoris, whose twin brother was killed in aerial combat near Amiens in July 1918. Sartoris, according to Hume, had probably been accompanied by another Allied pilot who was able to identify "the markings on the Hun patrol leader's crate" (414). With this information, Sartoris was able to watch for, trap, and shoot down his brother's killer.

Unnamed German Aviators

World War I combat aviators were often measured by the number of enemy planes they shot down; each plane was assumed to be piloted by a single German officer. As reported by Hume, Sartoris shoots down three German aviators in his effort to avenge his brother's death (414). Monaghan asserts that he is responsible for the death of "thirteen Huns." (416)

Unnamed Indian Troops

In World War I, Indian troops were issued rifles without being given training or ammunition. As a result, almost an entire battalion is annihilated, according to the subadar (415).

Unnamed British Officers

The British officers with authority over Indian troops in World War I would tell their troops "'Go there and do this," they would not stir" (415). A particularly dreadful consequence of their lack of responsible procedure is the death of almost an entire Indian battalion which advances on the enemy without loaded rifles.

Unnamed German Assassin

In the chaos in Berlin at the end of the war, when the Kaiser abdicates, this unnamed soldier assassinates Franz, who is now a General and the chief of staff. The man he kills is the oldest of the German prisoner's three younger brothers. This death leaves the German prisoner as the only male survivor of his generation in his family. .

Unnamed German Man

When he finds his wife has a lover, this resident of Berlin shoots the man, who is the younger twin brother of the captured German prisoner, who is a major character in "Ad Astra."

Unnamed German Woman

The younger twin brother of the German prisoner's family has an affair with this woman in Berlin, and "In 1912 he iss in Berlin newspaper dead of a lady'd husband" (418). This is the extent of her appearance in this story.

Unnamed German Prisoner's Son

The young boy, living in Bayreuth with his mother, has never been seen by his father, who is a German prisoner at the end of the war.

Unnamed German Prisoner's Father-in-Law

The German prisoner reports that his own aristocratic family profoundly disapproves when he tells them "I haf married the daughter of a musician who was peasant" (418).

Unnamed German Prisoner's Wife

The German prisoner's wife is described by her husband as "the daughter of a musician who wass peasant." (418). She lives in Bayreuth with their son, whom her husband has never seen. She keeps her husband informed by letter of significant changes in the family.


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