Another Damned Medievalist delivers her spiel.
Thank you for posting this. The Great War is yet another of my avocational obsessions. Have you read any of Lyn MacDonald's compelling oral histories of Great War veterans? Powerful, powerful stuff. Not to be read at night unless all the lights are on in the house.As Martin Gilbert says in his volume on the War, they're *all* unknown soldiers now . . .
No, but I shall try to get them. I'm teaching WWII at the moment (and yes, it *is* a stretch), a subject for which I've never really understood the fascination. I think a combination of WWI poetry and Dorothy Sayers has always made the Great War stand out much more in my mind. Perhaps it's because the tragedy is more palpable.
I'll be a helpful blogcrush and recommend LM's They Called It Passchendaele and Roses of No Man's Land (about doctors and nurses) (also basis of the novel I can't make go away).I think I understand the difference you're getting at between WW1 and WW2 . . . I think of it in terms of the disparity between technology and tactics for one thing, with the resulting carnage in WW1 . . . also, and more importantly for me, the cultural innocence that was ravaged . . . the sense of war as noble and God-given (that stupid fucker Rupert "I'm going for a swim" Brookes and his poetry, e.g.) thrown up against machine guns and barbed wire and mud . . . also, the senselessness of the war. In contrast, you can at least make sense of the carnage in WW2. But fighting the Kaiser over trade dominance? I simplify, but not by bloody much.Christ, I need that drink. When are you buying it?Everything I teach is a stretch, so I feel your pain . . . or burn, as the case may be.
Whenever you're drinking? Are you bartending at P/H's again?
Oh -- BTW, there's a song on the latest Linda Thompson album about a young woman whose love dies at Passchendaele ...
Wow . . . I'll have to look for that. It's remarkable to me how the War is a living thing for the English and former Dominion nations. In a way that even Vietnam isn't for Americans.So, let me get this straight: you're offering to buy a drink for a bartender, who drinks for free? You really know how to make you a crush feel all crush-worthy . ..
Just looking for a venue ... never thought about bartenders drinking for free -- but then I've only worked in bars where the owners actually check the amount of booze going out against the money that comes in ;-) Since I'm buying, you should probably name the place. I would never offend a Bastard's ego ... except when telling him to feck off, 'cos he's being an eedjit!And I think the LT song is the second track -- "Miss Murray"
Hey, no offense to the ego, promise.And, really, thanks for the song. recommendation. Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstadt's "Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions" has a cover of David Olney's 1917, about a prostitute's view of the soldiers. (No, not the view of them from below!) Quite a touching song. And a great, great album overall. Then again, with those two, could it have been anything else?
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