The reason for conflict

I READ V John’s letter (Don’t mark the war) with mixed feelings. On the point of it being a political stunt, I agree that it is a blue smoke screen and that the Remembrance Day service for the end of both wars is perfectly adequate. The point that they both were a a terrible tragedy and waste of life is also true, but the reason for the conflict was hardly as stated. My grandfather came from Southern Ireland to join the British Army and served in France in the Engineers. He and the rest of the Allies fought to drive the megalomanic Kaiser and his Pickelhaubed, jackbooted thugs, back to Germany, not for any Marxist dogma. He, as many of his countrymen, came because he realised that if Britain fell, Ireland’s neutrality wouldn’t have been worth a light. Unfortunately, governments following the First World War believed it to be ‘the war to end all wars’ and were totally unprepared for 1939 (nothing changes).

NB The medals and citation of L/Sgt R E Trew, 2nd Mons (TA)( the brother of a close family friend) killed in Flanders, can be seen in the Newport Heritage Centre in the indoor market.

Derek Everett, Crindau Road, Newport

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8:34am Tue 23 Oct 12

gathin says...

Every generation believe the expertly laid-out propoganda spouted from the mouths of the politicians (who have never sacrificed anything in wars past or present). WW1+2 are no different from the current manipulated conflicts but nowadays we have access to ther news mediums to dig-up the truth allbeit after the events have gone down range. WW1+2 have been asigned to the history books with the reasons for the conflicts being lost over the years. The victor always rewrites history to support their own ends.
Every generation believe the expertly laid-out propoganda spouted from the mouths of the politicians (who have never sacrificed anything in wars past or present). WW1+2 are no different from the current manipulated conflicts but nowadays we have access to ther news mediums to dig-up the truth allbeit after the events have gone down range. WW1+2 have been asigned to the history books with the reasons for the conflicts being lost over the years. The victor always rewrites history to support their own ends. gathin
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12:35pm Tue 23 Oct 12

james jackson says...

The Kaiser may have been a megalomaniac, but young German boys at this time, were no "jackbooted thugs".
They came later.
In 1914, the German army was made up of students, farmworkers, teachers, doctors, factory workers and under-age youngsters, just as in Britain.
Literature abounds about the First World War, but if you want to read a German perspective, check out Erich Maria Remarque's wonderful book:
All Quiet on the Western Front. The protagonists were not "jackbooted," they were human, with all the frailties and fears of young men facing death in the most inhumane of conditions.
The Kaiser may have been a megalomaniac, but young German boys at this time, were no "jackbooted thugs". They came later. In 1914, the German army was made up of students, farmworkers, teachers, doctors, factory workers and under-age youngsters, just as in Britain. Literature abounds about the First World War, but if you want to read a German perspective, check out Erich Maria Remarque's wonderful book: All Quiet on the Western Front. The protagonists were not "jackbooted," they were human, with all the frailties and fears of young men facing death in the most inhumane of conditions. james jackson
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12:50pm Tue 23 Oct 12

gathin says...

The propoganda, of which GB were and are world class manipulators, went both ways. Stories of both sides bayoneting children and nuns floated around on both sides to motivate the men to fight. In the mean time the industrialists and business moguls made millions and billions. Read" War is a racket" by Maj Gen Smedley-Butler. It should be on every school reading list but could put yound men off becoming the next generation of cannon fodder thus is not commonly circulated.
The propoganda, of which GB were and are world class manipulators, went both ways. Stories of both sides bayoneting children and nuns floated around on both sides to motivate the men to fight. In the mean time the industrialists and business moguls made millions and billions. Read" War is a racket" by Maj Gen Smedley-Butler. It should be on every school reading list but could put yound men off becoming the next generation of cannon fodder thus is not commonly circulated. gathin
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