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fr33manator
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Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Boys far and away from home, in long graves cut out of the cursed mud, crammed with bodies and blood and gore.
Image: http://www.worldwar1.com/tripwire/jpg/1207trench.jpg

Shellshocked from the constant cacaphony of whizz-bangs, the relentless drumming of endless mortars, turning farmlands to Mordor, murder fields where generations were wasted, butchered as lambs for the whims of those who sipped brandy in heated rooms.
Image: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/image/5783140-3x2-700x467.jpg

So maybe, for a few scant minutes, step outside in this bitter cold and imagine a place where your forebears might be stuck, with no warm hearth to retreat to.
Image: https://wordsinwartime.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/trench-foot.jpg?w=700

Or sit out in the cold for an hour or more, Feel the fell clutch of General Winter seep into your toes and fingers and raise a glass to those boys, on both sides, who sat in frozen trenches while leaden death screamed from just atop the breastworks.
Image: https://fthmb.tqn.com/QsjhcZCY-SX3dlqZzNpMLj0TQ0E=/1500x1000/filters:fill(auto,1)/WWITrenches-58d2bf723df78c516207e744.jpg


We live in halcyon days, lads.
We haven’t known how cold it is when the only respite you have from the cruel winds of winter are the walls of earth mingled with the blood of fallen friends. We haven’t experienced what it’s like to see the snowflakes bury frozen corpses, and all you can do to fend off the bitter ice in your bones is to fire off a few rounds and clutch close to the deadly heat of your rifle.
Image: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/69/90/a2/6990a26660a0f0ed53039098c72270f7.jpg

We are the lucky. The so very lucky that our lines left those hells on earth and, scarred and scared and scattered as they may have been, brought forth a progeny that might feel a little cold in their bones and be able to flee to warm houses.

Image: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/21/d1/02/21d1026addbb51ec36052f84ddcdc61c.jpg


I freeze outside for a bit tonight, and drink French wine, and have a snowball (to be perfectly honest it’s mostly sleet, but she doesn’t care) fight, with my little girl. Because a little less than a century ago, men fought and died and more importantly, lived, through this frozen hell.
Image: http://c8.alamy.com/comp/DRHW9M/austrian-troops-in-trenches-eastern-front-ww1-DRHW9M.jpg

so here’s to warm beds. Here’s to strong booze. Here’s to good women. Here’s to sweet children. May they never know the sacrifices our forbears made to bring us to these golden years. And may we never repeat their follies.
Image: https://i.pinimg.com/474x/f2/77/8a/f2778a5969dec3a432532f2d914c2033--wwi-toast.jpg


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Langland
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
I know how they must have felt being in that frozen hell. I pissed outside twice tonight.


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Thank God I wasn't there. No way our generation would take it. I feel sure that any generation the Boomers on would have killed their superior officers and ran for it in such conditions. Sad but true. To people in fraternities, imagine your pledge trainer ordering you to go over a ridge that meant certain death to kill people you knew were just as reluctant and miserable to do the deed as you were? I'm pretty sure you and the 15 people in your unit would choose to kill him and any other superior officer or dumb private who stood in your way of a retreat. Death is certain over the ridge, but only a possibility with a mutiny.
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Meh


Meatball
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Upvote sir.

My father fought in WWII and I’ve heard many stories about what he went through. There is no doubt that they are the greatest generation!


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610man
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Now that’s a frickin post!!!


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
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Death is certain over the ridge, but only a possibility with a mutiny.


Lol tell that to Ivan.


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Tldr


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OMLandshark
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
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Lol tell that to Ivan.



On the Western Front? I probably wouldn't be telling that to a guy named Ivan.


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Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1,
who couldn't wait to get leave and go to Paris and find a brothel with some half-decent looking mademoiselles and frick those filthy whores until their dicks were sore and they could barely walk and they ended up with venereal disease which they brought back with them to pass on to their wives and girlfriends as a permanent reminder of La Belle France


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
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On the Western Front?


We had allies on the eastern front, no?
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probably wouldn't be telling that to a guy named Ivan.


No, but Tommy and Ferdinand on the western front would love to hear that right before they get shot for refusing to go topside.
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
When you are complaining because you are in a situation where you are uncomfortable... Think about these situations.


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Germans


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
I just really don't think that when people doubt that pretty much any generation in the past say 80 years would mutiny against WWI just don't know what it was. If the Christmas Truce had continued until 1916, there's no doubt in my mind that both sides would have almost immediately have mutinied against their commanding officers. The generals on both sides were rightfully terrified by the Christmas Truce. There was still hope in 1914 and excitement about the war. That sure as shite wasn't present in 1916.


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
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Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1, who couldn't wait to get leave and go to Paris and find a brothel with some half-decent looking mademoiselles and frick those filthy whores until their dicks were sore and they could barely walk and they ended up with venereal disease which they brought back with them to pass on to their wives and girlfriends as a permanent reminder of La Belle France


Indeed. And not a damn one of us could have stood in their frozen boots and felt any different.


Hell, i’ve Only been out here a few hours and i can barely feel my fingers enough to type.

I salute the French whores who warmed these boys bones.


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
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any generation the Boomers on would have killed their superior officers and ran for it in such conditions. Sad but true

We’d all be better off this had happened in WWI


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Pelican fan99
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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Yeah war was basically hell on earth back the day. Its pretty unreal what people went through going back through our history


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
You should get an "out of ban" free card for this thread sir.


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re: Sitting outside at times like this, I think of the soldiers in WW1...
Excellent post


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