Monday, April 25, 2011

Remembrance : Anzac Day 2011



Remembrance by Siegfried Sassoon

Australian digger uses a periscope in a trench captured during the attack
      on Lone Pine


An Australian digger uses a periscope in a trench captured during the attack on Lone Pine, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.
AWM A03771


Australian War memorial

Today is Anzac Day . Before Australia and the Anzac tradition I was very much influenced by a book I read about the life of Siegfried Sassoon  Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man. A WW1 soldier and one of the great British poets of his generation , he was also a pacifist seeing at first hand in the trenches of France how brutal war is . His poems speak of that time . Every Anzac day I remember his poems . They have a timeless resonance .