Re: Bob & his history

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Posted by Owen Roberts on September 05, 2006 at 11:08:12 from user OwenRoberts.

In Reply to: Bob & his history posted by Prue Eckett on September 05, 2006 at 02:33:01:

"What Bob was in WW1 is problematic - certainly at that time many of the forces only had 'upper-class' men as officers, but who knows"

Prue, I think there were many middle class officers in WW1. I can cite my own family as an example - in no way upper class. All the close male relatives except my father (who was too young) died in the slaughter.
I think the average life expectancy was 3 weeks for a subaltern on the front.
If one was taking sides, it was the upper class generals who failed to realise what a bloody stalemate the war in France was.

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