They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.

- For the Fallen - Laurence Binyon

Today (in Australia)/tomorrow (in the UK where I am) is ANZAC Day, which is very important to me as an Australian, as a WWI armchair historian, and as a child of a military family.

I’ve queued up a bunch of posts commemorating the contribution of Australians and New Zealanders to WWI - hopefully you find this interesting and useful (if not, they’ll all be tagged). 

[ANZAC Day / Aussies at War]

Front of letter written on a piece of shirt.

Dear Gibby, Just a line to let you know I am still in the land of the living. I have been away from Egypt nearly 7 weeks now. I received your letter dated 4.4.15 also childrens. Hope you got my beads and wireless photos and cards O.K. I am in the best of health. Hope all are the same… Kind regards to you and yours etc Jack.

On the front with the address he wrote ‘Excuse paper & envelope’. 
[ANZAC Day / Aussies at War]

Front of letter written on a piece of shirt.

Dear Gibby, Just a line to let you know I am still in the land of the living. I have been away from Egypt nearly 7 weeks now. I received your letter dated 4.4.15 also childrens. Hope you got my beads and wireless photos and cards O.K. I am in the best of health. Hope all are the same… Kind regards to you and yours etc Jack.

On the front with the address he wrote ‘Excuse paper & envelope’. 

[ANZAC Day / Aussies at War]

(Source: awm.gov.au)

Turkish troops carry the Turkish, New Zealand and Australian flags at an ANZAC Day ceremony at Gallipoli.
[ANZAC Day / Aussies at War]

Turkish troops carry the Turkish, New Zealand and Australian flags at an ANZAC Day ceremony at Gallipoli.

[ANZAC Day Aussies at War]

(Source: belshaw.blogspot.co.uk)

Lest We Forget
[ANZAC Day / Aussies at War]

Lest We Forget

[ANZAC Day Aussies at War]

(Source: morwell.rslvic.com.au)

Reader, I did the thing. And it was WONDERFUL.

Reader, I did the thing. And it was WONDERFUL.

War Horse: novel, film and play. Which is your favourite?

(Mine is no secret - i LOVED the play. The New London Theatre does £15 day tickets for War Horse for personal callers to the box office. I am seriously considering seeing it again.)

sennarose:

NOWKISS.GIF

(Source: yukismura)

Unending struggle against unfair odds, culminating in a cheap funeral.

Siegried Sassoon’s summation of life before the Great War (via portablefrailty)

The Valiant and the Damned - National Portrait Gallery - follow link for short biographies of each sitter.

(I saw this exhibition yesterday - I vaguely hoped they’d fish Sargent’s “Gassed” out of whichever storage box IWM has it in while they remodel, but they didn’t.)

(I think this is Capt Gillan, but I haven’t quite sorted out who’s who - but anyway he’s handsome and Scottish and has a typewriter and I’ve already used all the promo shots of the VADs and sisters, so he gets to headline this post).
So, the Crimson Field ep 1 aired last night! Who watched it? What did you think?
Me — beautifully shot, some clunky dialogue and a few cliches, Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin) is clearly heavily inspired by Vera Brittain—except with the attitude dialled up to 11. Also, Oona Chaplin is a perfect human being. I will keep watching.

(I think this is Capt Gillan, but I haven’t quite sorted out who’s who - but anyway he’s handsome and Scottish and has a typewriter and I’ve already used all the promo shots of the VADs and sisters, so he gets to headline this post).

So, the Crimson Field ep 1 aired last night! Who watched it? What did you think?

Me — beautifully shot, some clunky dialogue and a few cliches, Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin) is clearly heavily inspired by Vera Brittain—except with the attitude dialled up to 11. Also, Oona Chaplin is a perfect human being. I will keep watching.

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