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26 Jul 2012 9:53PM
another excellent shot sarah


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Tibetan 6 3 England
26 Jul 2012 10:13PM
More like our yesterdays! no thanks, regards Leon.SadSadSadSadSadSadSad
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 10:27PM
I knew it was yours as soon as I saw the thumb...great image Sarah J.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
26 Jul 2012 10:27PM
Leon, never my intention to upset or offend anyone ever, and if I have done so then I apologise. I appreciate an emotional subject but I do feel that these shows/Living History,Re-enactors etc do a wonderful job - teaching the younger generation about the mistakes of our past so that they may never repeat it. I for one have learnt so much through my interest in this subject from Living history groups, they bring it much closer to home than the text books ever did at school.

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 10:35PM
Great photograph Sarah
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
26 Jul 2012 10:51PM
I appreciate your reply remarks, Sarah: this sort of living history could well be more educational for younger generations than some sterile classroom studies. We must never forget our history and hopefully become wiser so that atrocities of the past are not repeated.
There is a horrible truth to this image as children of tender years were cooped in the fighting services in the not too distant past, so the helmet and stuffed toy are symbolic of that awful situation.
Your images are most welcome by myself and serve as timely reminders.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 7:56AM
I agree with your and Ronnie's comments. Your little boy is so adorable and I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like to have lived through any war as an adult, let alone a child.
I wonder if it would be less offensive if the helmet was British? Children of all sorts of nationalities and races were carted off away from war and some as Ronnie points out were pushed into the war not much older than this little lad with his teddy bear.
The more we know the less we would want it to happen again, sadly it's happening around the world daily, smaller scale maybe for us but not for the children killed and dying as we read this. Man's inhumanity to man is boundless it seems.
That's a cold fact we need never forget or brush under the carpet because of our memories which hurt.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
27 Jul 2012 10:23AM
I don't see how anyone can find these offensive - as Ronnie says, they show history better as it was rather than reading books. This is another superb image Sarah, well captured and of course your usual super quality processing Smile
Trev Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
27 Jul 2012 10:44AM
Thank you everyone, I know it's an emotive subject.

Sarah x
27 Jul 2012 6:00PM
What a great shot this is Sarah, and I agree with your sentiment.

John Smile
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 5:53PM
A wonderful shot Sarah and of course a very emotive especially if you of the generation that lived and fought in the war. For younger generations its just history but if you are old enough to have fought in the Normandy campaign you might have come across someone not much older than this boy trying to kill you. The 'youth' regiments such as the Hitler Jugend were the most dedicated Nazi's and fanatical fighters so I have some sympathy with those who actually experienced the real thing and find it distasteful. Personally I think we should keep the history of this war 'alive' by whatever means for as long as possible. We owe it too the millions that suffered and sacrificed.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
28 Jul 2012 6:07PM
John and Derek, thank you.

Derek, thank you for your words and I agree with them wholeheartedly! We must never forget and that is my own personall reason for posting the image. I thought long and hard about taking it down but for the reasons you mentioned above, felt it should stay. I think we all have connections to this War, my own Father lost several of his Uncles and his own Father got badly injured! We owe them all so much!

Sarah x
LesF 11 182 9
28 Jul 2012 9:32PM
A strong super image this Sarah


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