Posted by John Nichols on August 15, 2020 at 13:18:27 user Mcneacail.
In Reply to: Re: Lucknow & WWI posted by John Wilson on August 15, 2020 at 04:21:16:
War and England
From the end of Jacobite causes up until the Zeppelin Raids, England was quite lucky in terms of not fighting on English shores. Ted Walker had to have served in WW1, but so many had it, it is little wonder that they did not talk about it. My GU was at Gallipoli, I never knew, but darn it that was a brutal little battle. I know the Harbour Masters team at Newcastle in Australia were at Gallipoli. There is a great British yarn by an Officer who documents two Aussies from the harbour team saving his sergeant who was trapped at the front line. They killed four Turks to get him out. Called it a good afternoons fun, and a scramble like Titty on the road near the Gulch.
My personal opinion is that sailing teaches you a self reliance that is not possible in most situations. I know I have stood outside buildings that were collapsing as the Engineer and looking at the group of experts and saying come on in and I will show you the problems, they all looked strange and then declined, this happened so often that you notice.
The harbour master in the recent Dunkirk film is a classic example played by Branaugh.
One notices the differences to land lubbers.
Sailing puts you into dangerous situations and you survive - so you learn. I personally think this is built into all humans, but we turn it off with a modern education and wary parents.
Just a thought.
Of course the Brits were very worried about the Germans - re
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