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GUEST,Musket curious BS: Armistice Day (debate) (777* d) RE: BS: Armistice Day (debate) 15 Nov 13

I love that bit.

I am free to have my views thanks to the armed forces. ....

I actually am free to have my views in spite of the armed forces.

My view by the way is based on a search for the truth, not the easy revisionist propaganda you are wedded to.

Most men died through outrageously callous and ill conceived decisions by their own ignorant senior officers. Even your buddy Hastings concedes thats one factor of the second world war was the senior officers had been junior officers in the first war and learned from the incompetence and wholesale slaughter.

I recall the old man next door when I was a child selling his medals, Boer and WW1. He said there was no glory in keeping them, no difference to the mates he lost. Once people showed interest in buying them, it was nice to see them having some use at last.   Paid for having the house decorated. He died in 1972 at a ripe old age, and you know what? The most heroic thing he did was see the futility of having pride in medals. Mind you, dodging bullets is hard too, but seeing jingoism for what it is? Priceless.

(George Cooper of Worksop. Served in Sherwood Foresters.)

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