titusnowl: (Great War)
This unfortunately-named member of the 2nd London Irish Battalion was acquainted to me by Rifleman Patrick MacGill in his 1915 memoir of camp life, The Amateur Army. Here is an excerpt from the chapter "The Coffee-Shop and Wankin."

Wankin is eternally in trouble, although his agility in dodging pickets and his skill in making a week's C.B. a veritable holiday are the talk of the regiment. All the officers know him, and many of them who have been victims of his smart repartee fear him more than they care to acknowledge...

On one occasion the major suffered when a battalion kit inspection took place early one December morning. Wankin had sold his spare pair of boots, the pair that is always kept on top of the kit-bag; but when the major inspected Wankin's kit the boots were there, newly polished and freed from the most microscopic speck of dust. Someone tittered during the inspection, then another, and the major smelt a rat. He lifted Wankin's kit-bag in his hand and found Wankin's feet tucked under it -- Wankin's feet in stockinged soles. The major was justly indignant. "One step to the front, left turn," he roared. "March in front of every rank in the battalion and see what you think of it!"

With stockinged feet, cold, but still wearing an inscrutable smile of impudence, Wankin paraded in front of a thousand grinning faces and in due course got back to his kit and beside the sarcastic major.

"What do you think of it?" asked the latter.

"I don't think much of it, sir," Wankin replied. "It's the dirtiest regiment I ever inspected."
titusnowl: (Great War)
Medium: History
Subject: World War One
Title: Broken Boy Soldiers

titusnowl: (Great War)

It's not what I would have liked to have done ideally, but actual footage of WWI is hard to come by, and battlefield footage nearly impossible.  I did what I could with what I had.

1. Archduke Ferdinand arriving in Sarajevo
2. Declaration of war in Paris
3. Peace rally in London
4. British recruiting station
5. Canadian troop train
6. Various armies on the march
7. The "taxis of the Marne"
8. French 75 guns
9. German trench stuff - pumping an old one, digging a new one
10. British troops receiving their rations
11. French refugees fleeing the front
12. Aftermath of the sack of Louvain
13. Still-picture slideshow of battles and aftermath

The song is "No One Would Riot For Less" by Bright Eyes.
titusnowl: (Great War)
[livejournal.com profile] 3weasel : Wimsey vs. Wooster cage match!

Which wouldn't really be fair, unless Jeeves cheated (which he would), so Wimsey vs. Psmith would also be acceptable. Doesn't have the alliteration, though.

oh, what IS that trope
"old age and experience vs. youth and [something]"
although of course in a wimsey/psmith match it's age & experience vs. youth & just kind of hoping he can cry off because they go to the same club or something and why are we in this cage in the first place comrade this is all rather pointless don't you think
and wimsey vs wooster jeeves would get in on it somehow and bunter would find out and then jeeves & bunter would be fighting and then lord peter has a flashback and ends up curled up in a ball crying about the jerries
bertie in his irrepressible naiveté says something perfectly innocent that comes off as being About The War and that combined with the stress of the situation just makes poor lord peter drop his gentleman-scout's vademecum and wail about shells


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