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My Boy Jack,
This review is from: My Boy Jack [DVD] (DVD)
David Haig has written an excellent play. Very moving. It is difficult for us to understand some of the attitudes of that time when, seemingly, the whole of Europe went to war rejoicing. The carnage was immense, the courage endless.
Daniel Radcliffe demonstrated this well with his sensitive portrayal of Jack.
I doubt Jack could have joined as a ranker. My grandfather tried to join up twice as a private soldier but was rejected on medical grounds. He had no-one to pull strings for him - otherwise I might not have been around to write this.
I do not believe that Daniel Radcliffe's acting career will be adversely affected by playing Harry Potter. Inevitably he will always be associated with the role but he is a very fine and capable actor. He comes across as a very fine young man.
Was all the sacrifce necessary? Ask yourself what Europe would have been like had the Kaiser won.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2008 16:10:09 GMT
M. N. Jones says:
Posted on 15 Aug 2009 19:33:37 BDT
John Dixon says:
I disagree because a great number of "qualified" young men volunteered for the ranks rather than accepting commissions which was perhaops seen as the easy way. Eventually, and if they survived, they would be commissioned because of the carnage amongst sub-alterns.
John (visitor to the excellent Bateman's this week)
Posted on 20 Aug 2009 08:43:51 BDT
Well, if the Kaiser had won there wouldn't have been Adolf... So was the sacrifice necessary? No. Just because of some crazy kings and emperors on both sides a lot of good people had to die.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2010 22:01:37 GMT
David B. Monier-Williams says:
One of the consequences is that you would be speaking German and badly at that.
Posted on 6 Jan 2011 17:16:59 GMT
Mr P. Edwards says:
completely agree with your comments about Daniel, thought he was absolutely brilliant in this film, one of the best actors working in British film today
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 07:52:23 BDT
D. Halliday says:
"One of the consequences is that you would be speaking German and badly at that."
That's ridiculous - if Britain had kept out of WWI, France would have lost its empire to Germany and Britain would have kept its empire, financial strength and vitality. The First World War destroyed the British position at the top of the world more than anything else.
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 16:01:39 BDT
I love this historic debate about Kaiser Bill winning - it's so British (I'm German myself)! I really am mystified about all this what-iffing. You still seem to be compelled to fight past battles again and again. Why, oh why? What is there to prove to oneself?
So where have all our empires gone? And have you ever been to Langemarck cemetery? It's about as sad as Tyne Cot, which is quite close by.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 13:30:10 GMT
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Mr. E. Yates says:
I have been to Langemarck &, like Tyne Cot, it is a very melancholy place that brings home the senselessness of it all. I found it particularly sad that, because of the Belgians understandably not wanting to give Germany very much land for a cemetery, those brave young men were buried as many as 25 under one tombstone. Shocking.
Posted on 5 Feb 2012 09:32:59 GMT
J. Severidt says:
What is this discussion about the Kaiser winning the war? Yet again, WW1 seems to be mixed up with WW2. WW1 began with Austria declaring war on Serbia, Russia joining Serbia and Austria asking Germany for help. England had formed a pact with Russia, fearing Germany as a major economical competitor. There was never a question of Germany/Austria concering the world or even England, during that war. From most English soldiers' point of view, this was a war England joined for economical reasons (as can be read up in Robert Graves' Goodbye to All That, as well as in hisotry books, of course).
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 09:44:27 BDT
M. B. Jennings says:
Hello -"There was never a question of Germany/Austria concerning the world or even England during the war" What about the Dreadnought race?The invasion of Belgium which brought Britain into the war? The U-boat campaign? As G.K. Chesterton pointed out, the war was fought to prevent German hegemony in Europe. How long would Britain have kept it's independence at the edge of a German occupied Europe? Robert Grave's wrote novels about the war afterwards, and reflected the growing cynicism of the 'twenties. Most English soldier's joined up because they felt it was their duty and not to let their country and pals down.