Skip to main content

View Diary: 100 years ago: A wrong turn to dystopia (141 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  My father spent his first night at the front... (9+ / 0-)

    ....he said, in a shell hole with four other men. The only problem, he continued, was that the four others had been dead for two weeks. Obviously a test of nerves.

    He was fourteen years old at the time, BTW. Lied about his age to get in, but it may have saved his life all the same. The Canadian army seems to have had an informal policy of putting its suspiciously young members into specialist units that were treated a bit more carefully that ordinary soldiers. So he spent the next two years babysitting a Vickers medium machine gun. At least the damn thing was too heavy to pick up and go over the top with.

    This is the landscape that we understand, -
    And till the principle of things takes root,
    How shall examples move us from our calm?

    (Mary Oliver, "Beyond the Snow Belt.")

    by sagesource on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 09:14:54 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site