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[Oct. 5th, 2004|08:15 am]
The Love Bug
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Did anyone else see The Christmas Truce on BBC Four last night?

What a cracking programme! I knew about the truce from things like Paul McCartney's 'Pipes Of Peace', and the Blackadder Goes Forth episode 'Goodbyeeee', but I didn't know the factual details.

In a weird way, I really wish I'd been there... the atmosphere must have been really amazing! As Edmund Blackadder said himself, 'Both sides advanced more during one Christmas piss-up than they managed in the next two-and-a-half years of war.'

Neither side wanted to be at war but, as one soldier said, "... it was what we were ordered to do."

Phenomenal programme.

[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-10-05 08:00 am (UTC)
In family history, you find out some interesting things.

My great-grandmother Daisy Cushion's brother George died in October 1917, on the frontlines and is buried at the Cement House Cemetary in Belgium. He was 25.

My great-grandfather Ernest William Wright was on the Somme when the first tanks rolled out. His Great War experiences scarred him deeply, he never spoke about them but he had frequent nightmares.

Another of my great-grandfathers, George Richardson was too old to go to war was he'd just turned 40 in 1914, but he did serve as a Special Constable in the local area.

A third of my great-grandfathers, Walter Warner, was a proper Police Constable during the Great War. He was stationed at Ixworth in Suffolk and I've heard tales about how he, his young bride Alice and their small children had to find shelter when the German Zeppelins attacked. Little known fact, Suffolk was the most Zeppelin attacked county during the Great War. If you go along East Street in Sudbury, you can see a house which actually took damage from a bomb and was partially rebuilt. You can pick it out because it is two storeys where the rest of the row are all three.

I assume my other great-grandfather, George Edward Smith was working on a farm at the time and so didn't have to go to war.

It's fascinating when you find out what your ancestors were doing at a specific time in history. Knowing that little bit more than just dates... fascinating.
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