WWI-themed questionnaire answering - Part II
11. Have you participated in [WWI] reenactment? What it was like? No.
12. Would you take part in [WWI] reenactment? In what era and as whom? No.
13. Something random about some
random historical WWI person in a random era WWI.My great great uncle Bunty Lawrence was involved in the invention of the Drip Can Rifle that got the Aussies out of Gallipoli.
McCrae paused and gave [Bill Scurry] a friendly greeting. Scurry, a 20-year-old architectural modeller, said he had something that might be of interest. McCrae asked to see it. What Scurry had created, assisted by his 18-year-old mate ‘Bunty’ Lawrence (they had attended the same school and church and had arrived at Gallipoli only a month earlier), was an innovative contraption that enabled the rifle to fire by itself. [x]
14. Why you are interested in
history WWI ( a silly question, eh)? Funny story. I was watching the King’s Speech, and I just absolutely loved the aesthetic, especially the shabby, slightly magical quality of Lionel Logue’s treatment room. It got me inspired to think about the early 20th century as an inspiration for fantasy fiction.
Then I started researching, and WWI is just so much more interesting (morally ambivalent, nexus of old and new technology, the crumbling of empires) than WWII. Then I read Good-bye To All That and got invested in the poetry bros, and it was all downhill from there.
15. Were the history classes taught in an interesting way in your school/ college/ university? What would you do to improve them if you were the teacher / lecturer? I actually didn’t and don’t study history at University. Sad lack of MSc Feels About Doomed Officer Heroes course options.
(For interest — my formal qualifications are a melange of political science, English and economics)
16. Do you own some
historical WWI item? ( coin, clothing, weapons, books, ect) If yes which one is your favourite? Eh, not really. I’m not a “stuff” person. Wouldn’t know what to do with it.
historical WWI item would you like to own? My father has a pastel sketch made of my great grandfather (who was in the RAAMC) in France, which I have staked a claim to.
18. Look at the clock and assume the numbers are forming historical year ( 17;58 would be 1758) What was / is / will be the world that year? Any event happened then or will happen?
Since 1529 is out of scope for WWI, I will instead say that on 14 May (i.e. the date as I am writing this) 1918, Germans attacked on a mile front south-west of Morlancourt and were met by fine counter-attacks by Australians. 14 May appears to have been a fairly quiet day in 1915, 1916 and 1917. *G*
historical WWI book?
Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain