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BETTER DAYS

By Pete Moore On October 13th, 2018

I’m all rugbied out, till tomorrow. So now I’m settling into the armchair to finish off this (beautifully written) memoir of Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart. His life was quite astonishing.

Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963) was a British Army officer born of Belgian and Irish parents. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” in various Commonwealth countries. He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War. He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunneled out of a prisoner-of-war camp; and tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in the First World War, he wrote, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

 

22 Responses to “BETTER DAYS”

  1. Today he would be regarded as a member of the SM Fetish community 😉

  2. But on a more serious point, yes of course it is right to admire the bravery and stoicism of individuals like this man, but what a failure of humanity that he had to live a life of almost constant violent conflict death and misery.

    Thankfully since the end of WW2 the cooperative decisions of individual European countries and the creation of the European Union has meant millions of our continent’s young men no longer have to suffer, be maimed or die fighting, retreating and advancing across Europe’s borders. More’s the pity about the Brexit fly in the ointment !

  3. Indeed – a real asset for the money-power. If he had left the military after helping the Oppenheimers seize the gold and diamonds of the Boer Republic, he might have had some ideas and thoughts……

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler

    Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler later became an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing the Business Plot, an alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government.

    In 1935, Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them.

    This is why Wall Street’s enforcement agency has over 800 military bases in 70 countries

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/us-military-bases-around-the-world-119321

    Despite recently closing hundreds of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad—from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities. Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about 30 foreign bases combined.

    By my calculation, maintaining bases and troops overseas cost $85 to $100 billion in fiscal year 2014; the total with bases and troops in warzones is $160 to $200 billion.

    These costs have heightened debate over whether the United States needs so many bases abroad: What effect do they have around the world, and are they really making us safer?

    Anybody who asks that last question doesn’t grasp the purpose of these bases

  4. // “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”//

    Incredible. I was just thinking a day or two ago how several other people said the same, and mentioned it to my brother.
    Robert Graves admitted to “rather enjoying” the Great War (even though he was also severely traumatised by it). He described his nights with a trench mortar exchanging shots with a German with the same weapon as being in a way similar to a medieval joust.

    Then, just last week, I read about a remarkable British woman, Flora Sandes, who became the only female fighter in the Serbian army, in fact the only official woman soldier in any army in the entire war. She was promoted to sergeant major after serving with distinction against the Austrians in the first months of the war. She found with the Serbs until the final victorious campaign. She also said she enjoyed her war experience in many ways, despite its hardships.

    Both Graves and Sandes were Anglo-Irish.

    But it was this report on a wonderful project of colouring, and generally steadying up, old b/w footage of trench life, showing all those smiling soliders, that suggests the total gloom of trench life is a myth. Many of these men were no doubt killed shortly after the films were made. But they seemed to be at least enjoying life as best they could while it lasted.

    Just have a look at the coloured films. They really bring the people and place to life. You imagine you know these men! A brilliant idea and really well made.
    With technology, history is not receeding into the past but is coming closer to us all the time.

    Have a look.

  5. Best part, IMO, starts at 01:10.
    That small chap with the Lewis gun over his shoulder is exactly how I imagine ATW’s Colm. 🙂

  6. Yes Noel, is that the cue for me to mention something about being a small chap with a big weapon 🙂

  7. Thankfully since the end of WW2 the cooperative decisions of individual European countries and the creation of the European Union has meant millions of our continent’s young men no longer have to suffer, be maimed or die fighting, retreating and advancing across Europe’s borders. More’s the pity about the Brexit fly in the ointment!

    Colm

    Do you really believe that France and Germany would have been fighting again after 1945 if not for the EU?

    I suggest that Nato membership would have prevented that without the need for an EU federalist project which is not supported by the people of a single member state of the EU.

  8. The EU of course was formed only in 1992

    The Intra-European postwar structure until then worked well

  9. The formation of the EU is a continuum of the emininently sensible policy of closer economic social and political cooperation which has guided Europe since the end of WW2. The EU is not an empire or a confederation like the Soviet Union which involved one great power dragging smaller states into its domain. It is an entirely voluntary association and any of its members have always been free to leave it – as the UK is currently and in my opinion mistakenly doing.

    The formation of the Single Market – the entity that gives legal rights to the entire free movement of people, capital, goods and services across the EU is the greatest peaceful achievement in European history and provides for a much greater open and prosperous relationship for all European citizens and if Britain leaves it, will be a deeply myopic narrow, regressive decision that will be regretted by future generations.

    The EU is not perfect, no political entity is, but in the context of European history, conflict and division its positives far outweigh the negatives and if it ain’t broke, don’t Brexit !

  10. The EU is not perfect, no political entity is, but in the context of European history, conflict and division its positives far outweigh the negatives and if it ain’t broke, don’t Brexit !

    It’s broke – and other nations will have to leave if they wish to continue as nations. The whole point of the EU is to subsume nations within it and render them not merely non-existent, but incapable of existing at all – no people: no nation…….

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/10/12/poland-un-migration-pact-country-safe/

    Austria may join the U.S. and Hungary in withdrawing from the United Nations (UN) migration pact, Sebastian Kurz has said, following news that Poland is preparing to quit the agreement over security concerns.

    At a press conference Wednesday, the Austrian leader cited concern over sovereignty relating to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which claims that huge movements of people across borders are “inevitable, necessary, and desirable”.

    “We view some of the points in this agreement very critically. We will therefore do everything to maintain the sovereignty of our country and ensure that we as the Republic of Austria can decide for ourselves on migration issues,” Reuters reported the Chancellor as saying.

    Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Kurz told journalists that the Danish government has expressed similar concerns over the agreement, which was previously signed by all UN member nations except the U.S., which withdrew last year.

    The EU is the body charged with implementing this globalist bullshit on Europeans other than the UK. Of course, the UK’s political clique is still implementing it because they and the British people are divorced, as Brexit showed.

  11. The EU is not charges with implementing anything, that is nonsense. It can make its own decisions. The EU can and indeed yes should tighten its borders and become much stricter on immigration and application of asylum rules, but the principle of free movement and work within the EU singularly is something I very much continue to support as a great historic achievement.

  12. //The Intra-European postwar structure until then worked well//

    That’s true, but Colm is also right. The EU obviously isn’t just an economic block, it has developed over the years a set of principles on good government, democracy and human rights etc. These in turn create a context of liberalism and tolerance that affects all citizens in the different member states – the opposite of the kind of nationalist belligerence that led, say, the Americans into the huge mistake of the Iraq war or that we saw first in the Balkans and then Ukraine etc. It’s telling that all European countries that experienced conflict over the past generation are the most eager to join the EU, and it’s also part of the reason the people of NI voted Remain.

    // is that the cue for me to mention something about being a small chap with a big weapon 🙂//

    Not intended. How could I have missed that!

  13. Not intended. How could I have missed that!

    Ah Noel, sweet innocent Noel. Its a good job I am here to maintain low standards 🙂

  14. EU federalist project which is not supported by the people of a single member state of the EU.

    There are two claims there Peter. One being the the EU is a federalist project and the second being that this isn’t supported by the inhabitants of the EU. Basis for this?

    The EU is the body charged with implementing this globalist bullshit on Europeans other than the UK

    What absolute rubbish. You are deceptively trying to conflate UN policy with EU policy. There are 193 sovereign states in the UN. the EU is (currently) a political and economic bloc of 28 which formulates and implements its own policies.

    Noel calls it right at 11.07.

  15. Quite a figure. He seems to have virtually appeared all throughout history during his time.

  16. You’d most likely enjoy this as well Pete. A superb read:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Approaches

    It’s said that Fleming based the character of James Bond on McClean.

  17. Colm, on October 14th, 2018 at 10:46 AM Said:

    The EU is not charges with implementing anything, that is nonsense. It can make its own decisions

    Strangely enough, ‘its own decisions’ happen to be identical to those of the UN:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hungary-eu-orban-prime-minister-immigration-government-liberal-socialist-george-soros-a8533011.html

    At the same time, however, he (Hungary’s PM Orban) has been in conflict with the EU establishment over his opposition to the EU’s receiving of large numbers of migrants from the Middle East since 2015.

    So that’s opposition to the EU’s migration policy

    At a press conference Wednesday, the Austrian leader cited concern over sovereignty relating to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which claims that huge movements of people across borders are “inevitable, necessary, and desirable”.

    and that’s opposition to the UN’s migration policy.

    By sheer cohencidence which is just unbelievable chance, these two policies (the UN’s and the EU’s) are one and the same – flood Europe with non-Europeans. It’s nationalsim versus globalism…..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2db62b17b2046d58355ebbd4997a09ea95d7d3035cbb44b02115d8ccb736316e.jpg

  18. At the same time, however, he (Hungary’s PM Orban) has been in conflict with the EU establishment over his opposition to the EU’s receiving of large numbers of migrants from the Middle East since 2015

    Oh don’t talk bollocks ‘the EU’s receiving of large numbers of migrants from the Middle East since 2015’ was down to the biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII and of course the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration wasn’t proposed until a year later in 2016, developed until 2017 and text finalised until 2018.

    You’re trying to link the Euro response to a humanitarian crisis with a UN proposed resolution which wasn’t proposed until a year later.

    Wise up.

  19. Paul, what do you think of this?

    The header is obvious, but his conclusions, even if unwelcome, may deserve some thought.

    https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/1011/1002425-has-brexit-brought-a-united-ireland-closer/

  20. What do I think of it? I think I preferred Shankill Road man Paul Burgess when he was singing for Rufrex:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6N7yCgoC5g

    I think that quite a lot of it is a realisation of how Brexit has redefined the national question in the state of NI very possibly to the detrimant of British unionism and that much of the article seems to be largely an attempted unionist clw back couched in academic language and speculation.

    I particularly found this to be pathetic, contrived rubbish:

    However, perhaps a third designation – that of Northern Irish – could usefully sit alongside these fixed affiliations and be actively promoted by legislators in all civic arenas

    Meanwhile, it seems that the DUP are the gift that keeps on giving:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-45852086?SThisFB

    May had a deal in place last December until she was humiliatingly slapped down by the DUP. The Tories have long memories and it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the DUP in both the political realignment in the wake of Brexit and when they are no longer needed to prop up a Government at Westminster.

  21. Paul – the fact is that the EU/UN don’t need resolutions, proposals, memorandums, agreements to dress up their intentions for these are carried out regardless. The intention is to flood Europe with non-white males of breeding age – and that is exactly what is happening, and has been happening. You should wise up.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11861686/Munich-at-limit-of-capacity-for-refugees-as-12000-arrive-in-one-day.html

    And no – they are not fleeing the “biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII” given that most of the incomers are not from Syria. It’s a lie, and you know it, but you pretend to believe it

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3240010/Number-refugees-arriving-Europe-soars-85-year-just-one-five-war-torn-Syria.html

    Of course, once the rapists arrive, the ‘people’ really do want to keep the rapists of ‘somebody else’s daughter’ here among us….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6273199/Somali-man-deportation-stopped-good-plane-passengers-revealed-gang-rapist.html

    A Somalian whose deportation from Britain was dramatically halted after airline passengers staged a mutiny demanding his release can be exposed today as a convicted gang rapist who was being kicked out of the country because of his sickening crime.

    When harassed security guards caved in and walked 29-year-old Ahmed off the Turkish Airlines flight, he was seen thanking those on board for their support as they cheered and applauded.

    One person was heard declaring: ‘You’re free, man!’

    As always with the dupes, it will be ‘somebody else’s daughter’

  22. Paul – the fact is that the EU/UN don’t need resolutions, proposals, memorandums, agreements to dress up their intentions for these are carried out regardless. The intention is to flood Europe with non-white males of breeding age – and that is exactly what is happening, and has been happening. You should wise up.

    Oh stop talking bollocks and trying to back pedal. This is what you said:

    Strangely enough, ‘its own decisions’ happen to be identical to those of the UN

    Except of course you bollocksed up your arse about face ‘The EU is the body charged with implementing this Global, (Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration), bullshit’ timeline.

    Your fantastical bullshit has been seen yet again to be a figment of your warped imagination.

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