Posted: 22/06/2013 at 14:41
Pentillie, I only know that quote from doing the war poets in English! Not sure if it was Wilfrid Owen or Siegfried Sasoon, I do like the idea of it being a lie though, no honour in being blown to bits or gassed into oblivion, especially after enduring the squalor of the trenches, the cold, wet, mud, grotty rations and no chance of a hot cup of tea.
In the words of Pink Floyd:
Forward! He cried from the rear,
and the front rank died
and the generals sat
and the lines on the map
moved from side to side.
I suppose I meant that the Romans are from so long ago that it didn't spark my imagination in the same way learning about doodlebugs did. I now have weighty tomes I have waded through on the subject, as Churchill was such a dude - just look at his exchanges with Lady Astor!