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    "What happened to you my son?"

    "Gas, Father."

    "God bless you my son... here have a Woodbine."


    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

  • #2
    The quote I believe comes from an army padre, I think he was nicknamed Woodbine Willy because he always had a pack on him for his men.
    War is less costly than servitude

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    • #3
      Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy

      Was a vicar not too far from me, also a poet. Don't think the quote is from him though he was Anglican and wouldn't be called Father etc.

      Stretcher bearers

      Easy does it -- bit o' trench 'ere,
      Mind that blinkin' bit o' wire,
      There's a shell 'ole on your left there,
      Lift 'im up a little 'igher.
      Stick it, lad, ye'll soon be there now,
      Want to rest 'ere for a while?
      Let 'im dahn then -- gently -- gently,
      There ye are, lad. That's the style.
      Want a drink, mate? 'Ere's my bottle,
      Lift 'is 'ead up for 'im, Jack,
      Put my tunic underneath 'im,
      'Ow's that, chummy? That's the tack!
      Guess we'd better make a start now,
      Ready for another spell?
      Best be goin', we won't 'urt ye,
      But 'e might just start to shell.
      Are ye right, mate? Off we goes then.
      That's well over on the right,
      Gawd Almighty, that's a near 'un!
      'Old your end up good and tight,
      Never mind, lad, you're for Blighty,
      Mind this rotten bit o' board.
      We'll soon 'ave ye tucked in bed, lad,
      'Opes ye gets to my old ward.
      No more war for you, my 'earty,
      This'll get ye well away,
      Twelve good months in dear old Blighty,
      Twelve good months if you're a day,
      M.O.'s got a bit o' something
      What'll stop that blarsted pain.
      'Ere's a rotten bit o' ground, mate,
      Lift up 'igher -- up again,
      Wish 'e'd stop 'is blarsted shellin'
      Makes it rotten for the lad.
      When a feller's been and got it,
      It affec's 'im twice as bad.
      'Ow's it goin' now then, sonny?
      'Ere's that narrow bit o' trench,
      Careful, mate, there's some dead Jerries,
      Lawd Almighty, what a stench!
      'Ere we are now, stretcher-case, boys,
      Bring him aht a cup o' tea!
      Inasmuch as ye have done it
      Ye have done it unto Me.
      Last edited by MarkV; 16 Jan 16, 09:50.
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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      • #4
        The named Woodbine Willie comes from a poem of that name written by Kennedy
        https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/h.../poem2924.html
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          My worst jump story:
          My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
          As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
          No lie.

          ~
          "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
          -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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          • #6
            A packet of ten - the packet of five was much flimsier with no flap on the top.
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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            • #7
              If I had to pick a picture that summed up WW1 then it would be this...

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              • #8
                A pigeon being released from a Mk V male tank in mid to late 1918 well behind the lines - how does this encapsulate 1914,15, 16 and 17 ?
                Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                  A pigeon being released from a Mk V male tank in mid to late 1918 well behind the lines - how does this encapsulate 1914,15, 16 and 17 ?
                  It wouldn't. But it's hard to track down a picture of a WWI typhus ward.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
                    It wouldn't. But it's hard to track down a picture of a WWI typhus ward.
                    Which might typify elements of the Eastern and Balkan fronts but typhus was mercifully very rare on the Western Front

                    The Great War was so vast and covered such a multiplicity of environments and experiences that I suggest its rather simplistic to seek for a single quote or picture that typifies it.
                    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                    • #11
                      Weapons system development was way ahead of the communication systems to support them...

                      or

                      WW1 battlefields were a combination of the old and the new.

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                      • #12
                        or how about...

                        "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" ?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Canuckster View Post
                          If I had to pick a picture that summed up WW1 then it would be this...

                          Looks like Noah trying to find out if the flood ended...
                          "A foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse." Ulysses S. Grant

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                            Which might typify elements of the Eastern and Balkan fronts but typhus was mercifully very rare on the Western Front

                            The Great War was so vast and covered such a multiplicity of environments and experiences that I suggest its rather simplistic to seek for a single quote or picture that typifies it.
                            BoRG
                            "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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                            • #15
                              WW1 was more than the Western Front, horrific though that was.
                              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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