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Tommy_Atkins_Teapot #1 Posted 01 July 2016 - 01:29 PM

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Have you forgotten yet?...
For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack--
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.

 

 


TrailApe #2 Posted 01 July 2016 - 03:15 PM

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‘GOOD-MORNING; good-morning!’ the General said  

When we met him last week on our way to the line.  

Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead,  

And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.  

‘He’s a cheery old card,’ grunted Harry to Jack       

As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

 

    .    .    .    .

 

But he did for them both by his plan of attack.  

 

The General

Siegfried Sassoon

 

 

 

On the first day of the Somme the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers (1st to 4th Tyneside Irish) didn’t even get to the step-off trenches before being annihilated. They advanced over open ground from the support trenches but because the initial attack had failed the German defenders had plenty of opportunity to subject them to a hail of machine gun fire even before they were at the start line. Despite that they still went on and even made it to the German front line, pass through it and press on to their objective at Contalmaison. They never made it.

 

 

We certainly have not forgotten.

 



Tommy_Atkins_Teapot #3 Posted 03 July 2016 - 12:22 AM

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Dearest TrailApe,

It seems that the sacrifice of millions, from many countries, during this period has obviously been forgotten.

We have a lifelong task my friend.

Regards

Tommy.



Joggaman #4 Posted 03 July 2016 - 07:35 AM

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View PostTommy_Atkins_Teapot, on 03 July 2016 - 01:22 AM, said:

Dearest TrailApe,

It seems that the sacrifice of millions, from many countries, during this period has obviously been forgotten.

We have a lifelong task my friend.

Regards

Tommy.

 



ypr765prco #5 Posted 03 July 2016 - 08:31 AM

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View PostJoggaman, on 03 July 2016 - 07:35 AM, said:

 

thx jogga i put that in my signature.:medal:



Tommy_Atkins_Teapot #6 Posted 03 July 2016 - 05:03 PM

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me too jogga

Gratz

Tommy






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