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December 30, 2010

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Jennylynnjasper

These are incredible photographs, John. They bring to mind a tv documentary that a friend of mine here in Montréal, Brian McKenna, made called The Great War: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0846011/combined .
He casted actual descendants of those who fought in WWI to enact the battle scenes, so that they could get a taste of what their relatives might have been through. It also starred Justin Trudeau, the son of the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau - probably my favorite Canadian Prime Minister. You might be interested in taking a peek if you have not already seen it.

John F. Ptak

That's an interesting idea re the McKenna film; perhaps if more people got a dose of what fighting was like there would be less of it. (Except of course one of America's most warring presidents was a fighting Quaker in RMN.) On the extreme end of that spectrum is "Confederates in the Attic", an interesting book about "extreme" re-enactors for the US Civil War. Cold, stinking, bad potatoes, paper shoes, lint shirts, spooning with some other stinking foot soldier in 20-degree nights to keep warm. Um. It *would* give you a feel for the real thing, except of course no one is trying to kill you and you get to drive home after a day or two.

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