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The balance and the point of it

September 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Every good quality has its bad side, and nothing good can come into the world without at once producing a corresponding evil. This painful fact renders illusory the feeling of elation that so often goes with consciousness of the present—the feeling that we are the culmination of the whole history of mankind, the fulfilment and […]

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · The Great War · The Second World War

The Project

September 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Twenty-seven months ago, around the time of the centenary of the the start of the First World War, I began a reading project, setting myself to read about the twentieth century’s wars, the political and economic and ideological struggles, and the people caught up in them. I knew a fair amount about the subject already, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War · The Great War · The Korean War · The Second World War

Convinced to die

March 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

“Words like ‘watershed’ or ‘turning point’ are easy to deploy but hard to justify—except in the case of World War I. Like few other episodes—the fall of Rome, the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution—it really did leave a different world in its wake. The technology of mass destruction was perhaps the most […]

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Tags: George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Great War

Do this first

March 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

“Always turn and face the attack.” – Group Captain Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan, DSO, DFC, from “Ten of My Rules for Air Fighting”

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Tags: The Great War · The Second World War

Madame est servie

July 8th, 2015 · No Comments

“One evening [Stillwell] dined at the mess of Colonel Cantau, a bald, fat officer of sixty who wore enlisted man’s cap, rows of decorations, hazed the servants, ate well and ‘doesn’t give a damn.’ It being a meatless Friday, the meal consisted of two kinds of omelet, fish and rice, vegetable salad, white and red […]

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Tags: Barbara Tuchman · Joseph Stillwell · The Great War · The Second World War

He can shoot you some style

July 7th, 2015 · No Comments

“The Frenchman is the ideal soldier. Not only can he fight, but he can tell you about it.” – Heywood Broun (as quoted by Barbara Tuchman in Stillwell and the American Experience in China)

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Tags: Barbara Tuchman · Joseph Stillwell · Lit & Crit · The Great War · The Second World War

Not quite chess with Death, but in the spirit

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

“One of the German companies, led by its Austrian guide, moved forward under cover of darkness and eventually reached a large shed. Here it was halted and the men slept until morning. When dawn broke the company commander found that this shed was located about 200 meters from an Austrian battery and therefore was very […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War

. . . and then he decides to look

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

“A soldier pinned to the ground by hostile fire, with no form of activity to divert his thought from the whistling death about him, soon develops an overwhelming sense of inferiority. He feels alone and deserted. He feels unable to protect himself. With nothing to do but wait and with nothing to think about but […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War · The Second World War

The age of innocence

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

“In April 1917 the United States, with an army of 133,000 men, entered the war in which the belligerents had more that six million men engaged on the Western Front alone. The European national forces were organized into armies each containing three to five corps, each corps usually consisting of two divisions. The American army […]

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Tags: Barbara Tuchman · Joseph Stillwell · The Great War

They don’t stop bullets

June 24th, 2015 · No Comments

“A frontal assault against wire and machine guns produces nothing but casualties—and a few medals for bravery among the survivors.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War · The Second World War

All these men had names

June 19th, 2015 · No Comments

“And so, at the appointed hour, this brigade of 6,000 highhearted and determined men stood up and at the word of command fixed their bayonets, shouldered their rifles, and marched forward in quick time and in step to assault an intrenched enemy armed with machine guns. One can only surmise the thought in the minds […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War

Prescient lad

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

“Germany’s military overthrow was not an undeserved catastrophe, but a well-merited punishment which was in the nature of an eternal retribution. This defeat was more than deserved by us.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (trans. Murphy)

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Tags: Adolf Hitler · Politics & Law · The Great War · The Second World War

Pin a tail on that donkey

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

“As some historians have contended, [British Prime Minister] Chamberlain in the end saw himself as a practical businessman willing to deal with the world as it was, engage in hardheaded negotiation with others, and strike a mutually beneficial bargain on the assumption that all parties would honor their parts of the deal. Like the vast […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Great War · The Second World War

Hail, Britannia

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

“An Englishman’s duty is to secure for himself for ever, reasonable clothing, a clean shirt a day, a couple of mutton chops grilled without condiments, two floury potatoes, an apple pie with a piece of Stilton and pulled bread, a pint of Club médoc, a clean room, in the winter a good fire in the […]

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Tags: Economics · Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

Open to offers or up for grabs

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

“English people of good class do not dress for dinner on Sundays. That is a politeness to God because theoretically you attend evening service and you do not go to church in the country in evening dress. As a matter of fact you never go to evening service—but it is complimentary to suggest by your […]

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

But where’s the profit in it?

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments

“This was the war of attrition. . . . A mug’s game! A mug’s game as far as killing men was concerned, but not an uninteresting occupation if you considered it as a struggle of various minds spread all over the broad landscape in the sunlight. They did not kill many men and they expended […]

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Tags: Economics · Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

Nowadays we call them “trust-fund brats”

February 16th, 2015 · No Comments

“Gentlemen don’t earn money. Gentlemen, as a matter of fact, don’t do anything. They exist. Perfuming the air like Madonna lilies. Money comes into them as air through petals and foliage. Thus the world is made better and brighter. And, of course, thus political life can be kept clean!” – Ford Madox Ford, A Man […]

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

Stiff upper lip, wot?

February 15th, 2015 · No Comments

“To a sensitive officer—and all good officers in this respect are sensitive—the psychology of the men makes itself felt in innumerable ways. He can afford to be blind to the feelings of his officers, for officers have to stand so much at the hands of their seniors before the rules of the service give them […]

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

And when you got there, how could you hide?

February 14th, 2015 · No Comments

“The regular and as if mechanical falling of comrades spreads disproportionate dismay in advancing or halted troops. It is no doubt terrible to you to have large numbers of your comrades instantaneously annihilated by the explosion of some huge engine, but huge engines are blind and thus accidental; a slow, regular picking off of the […]

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

If I close my eyes, I’ll be safe

February 13th, 2015 · No Comments

“If you are lying down under fire—flat under pretty smart fire—and you have only a paper bag in front of your head for cover you feel immeasurably safer than you do without it.” – Ford Madox Ford, A Man Could Stand Up—

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

Or being Europeans

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

“The whole of military history, in so far as it concerned allied operations of any sort—from the campaigns of Xerxes and operations during the wars of the Greeks and Romans, to the campaigns of Marlborough and Napoleon and the Prussian operations of 1866 and 1870—pointed to the conclusion that a relatively small force acting homogeneously […]

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

Same ol’ same ol’

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

“The beastliness of human nature is always pretty normal. We lie and betray and are wanting in imagination and deceive ourselves, always, at about the same rate.” – Ford Madox Ford, No More Parades

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And they mansplain

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“She was by that time tired of men, or she imagined that she was; for she was not prepared to be certain, considering the muckers she saw women coming all round her over the most unpresentable individuals. Men, at any rate, never fulfilled expectations. They might, upon acquaintance, turn out more entertaining than they appeared; […]

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Tags: Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · The Great War

“Disabled,” Wilfred Owen

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, Legless, sewn short at elbow.  Through the park Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, Voices of play and pleasure after day, Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him. About this time Town used to swing […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · Wilfred Owen

“Wild with all Regrets,” Wilfred Owen

February 8th, 2015 · No Comments

To Siegfried Sassoon My arms have mutinied against me—brutes! My fingers fidget like ten idle brats, My back’s been stiff for hours, damned hours. Death never gives his squad a Stand-at-ease. I can’t read.  There:  it’s no use.  Take your book. A short life and a merry one, my buck! We said we’d hate to […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · Wilfred Owen

“Exposure,” by Wilfred Owen

February 7th, 2015 · No Comments

I Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knife us . . . Wearied we keep awake because the night is silent . . . Low drooping flares confuse our memory of the salient . . . Worried by silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous, But nothing happens. Watching, we hear the mad […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · Wilfred Owen

“Dulce et Decorum est,” by Wilfred Owen

February 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep.  Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod.  All went lame, all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · William Faulkner

“Parable of the Old Men and the Young,” Wilfred Owen

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went, And took the fire with him, and a knife. And as they sojourned both of them together, Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father, Behold the preparations, fire and iron, But where the lamb for this burnt-offering? Then Abram bound the youth with belts and […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · Wilfred Owen

“Mental Cases,” Wilfred Owen

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Who are these?  Why sit they here in twilight? Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows, Drooping tongues from jaws that slob their relish, Baring teeth that leer like skulls’ tongues wicked? Stroke on stroke of pain,—but what slow panic, Gouged these chasms round their fretted sockets? Ever from their hair and through their hand palms Misery […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · Wilfred Owen

We are all amateurs here

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments

“If every day and all day long you chatter at high pitch and with the logic an lucidity of the Frenchman; if you shout in self-assertion, with your hat on your stomach, bowing from a stiff spine and by implication threaten all day long to shoot your interlocutor, like the Prussian; if you are as […]

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Tags: Economics · Ford Madox Ford · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Great War