Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Anzac Day

Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling writes:


You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The Hell where youth and laughter go
- Siegfried Sassoon


As an aside, the first picture is of a disfugured Fench soldier at an Armistice Day parade in 1918. I have it in a book, and it serves as the inspiration for this post juxtaposed with another disfigured soldier from a war ninety years later. I found it on the internet, by going here, and typing "850-16" into the "picture number" field, but alas it is obviously not of the quality of the image in the book. If anyone can find a link of the image of a decent size, or manages to find out how to get a login at the Roger Viollet site (my French is non-existant, my Allemande little better and fading) I would be grateful.

The second soldier is Tyler Ziegel, you might remember him as the the chap who married his childhood sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

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