FGC61 Posted 9 November , 2009 Share Posted 9 November , 2009 Dear Forum Members, For any of us WW1 appreciates who watched this program this evening I was somewhat confused by Ian's conclusion that all of the participants from Empire/Commonwealth joined up and fought because, in his own words, "they were us". What did the "us" mean? A various collective sense of duty, boredom, pay, adventure, Empire, social pressure, spoiling for a fight, romantic heroism? OK, cards on table here, I'm Irish and Tom Kettle is one of my heroes and I understand his motivation entirely and a lot of the motivation of the Irish participants. My father was in the RAF in WW2 as a medic and my grandfather was in the RIC during WW1 and the subsequent troubles so I'm no Republican rabble rouser. I really do want to enter the various minds of other dominion participants to understand the mindset of these young guys who joined up and died in their hundreds of thousands so far from home. I'd love to hear from Australians, Canadians and Indian descendents of those who answered the call to try to understand their motivation. I'm new to this forum but I have read extensively on WW1 and have a good appreciation of tactics, actions, battles, timelines and theatres. Cheers Fin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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