lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
Notable persons who served in World War 1--Art, Music, and Literature

Some of the entries on the list were a surprise. Poor H.H. Munro got himself killed in a spectacularly clueless fashion.

I also discovered that violinist Fritz Kreisler (famous for being not only a great musician but also a genuinely decent human being) wrote a war memoir entitled Four Weeks in the Trenches. It's an interesting narrative that provides a view that is less bitter than many, perhaps because he was invalided out so early in the war. He was badly wounded during an attack by Cossack cavalry, but he eventually recovered enough to continue his concert career.

Edit: Notable persons who served in World War 1--Stage and Screen

I wish I could search this site for more of these lists, but I can't use their search function since I am not a member. Rats.

Further edit: I joined the site, so if anyone is interested in seeing the lists of scientists, politicians, athletes, etc., just let me know and I will post the links.
lady_branwyn: (dahlia)
While doing research for my long-neglected fic about the Tolkien brothers during World War 1, I stumbled across a book called Defiant Gardens about gardens planted by soldiers on the front lines and in prison camps. The website has photos of well-tended vegetable plots next to dugouts on the Western Front. The author claims that not only did the gardens serve the practical purpose of providing fresh produce, they also provided respite from the horrors of war.

The website also includes articles about a clandestine garden created by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. These particular prisoners were men who were considered cooperative--some had been cleared of any terrorism charges--and were (are) kept in relative freedom, being allowed to eat together and to go outside for hours each day. Requests for a garden were refused, so the prisoners were left to their own resources, scavanging seeds from their meals and improvising digging tools. They grew melons, peppers, and garlic and were tending a two-inch high lemon tree (though it wasn't doing well). Happily, the authorities eventually were persuaded to provide proper gardening tools and plants.

(I can't begin to describe how ashamed I feel that someone could be locked up for years without trial by my country. But that is another journal entry...)


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