Thursday, January 04, 2018

I Have a Rendezvous with Death by Alan Seeger

Read about this brave guy here.

If you just don't have the time to follow the link to his Wikipedia page then here is a quick rundown.  Born and bred American.  Volunteered for the French Foreign Legion.  Participated in the Battle of the Somme.  Killed by machine gun fire while cheering his comrades on.  A monument honoring fallen Americans (WW1) is erected in France with a statue of him located prominently on it.

WW1 deserves more study. 

The more I think of it the more I think we're gonna see that type of fighting in the next peer war.  I can see lines being drawn that can't be crossed and both sides fighting over broken ground to claim yards of terrain.

But even if that doesn't come to pass the industrial scale slaughter of the first modern war is stunning to behold.

Think about it.

It was common for men to rise up out of trenches and cross open terrain KNOWING that they would be facing a fuselage of machine gun, small arms and artillery fire.

That takes a kind of guts I don't have.

I can quite honestly imagine me asking whoever gave that order if they're fucking high.

But these guys did it.  And they did it knowing the likely outcome.

That's sterner stuff than I'm made of.

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