Taunton marks 70th anniversary of D-Day

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A SERVICE was held at the Normandy Stone in Vivary Park, Taunton, today, on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of the Second World War.

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1:34pm Mon 9 Jun 14

SocialistParty*SomersetBranch says...

"War, is organised murder, and nothing else."

Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009

Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War's Western Front, and the man who reminded the modern world of its filthy slaughter, had the following to say in 2009, shortly before he died at the age of 111.

"When the war ended, I don't know if I was more relieved that we'd won or that I didn't have to go back. Passchendaele was a disastrous battle – thousands and thousands of young lives were lost. It makes me angry. Earlier this year, I went back to Ypres to shake the hand of Charles Kuentz, Germany's only surviving veteran from the war. It was emotional. He is 107. We've had 87 years to think what war is. To me, it's a licence to go out and murder. Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn't speak? All those lives lost for a war finished over a table. Now what is the sense in that?"

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"War, is organised murder, and nothing else." Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009 Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War's Western Front, and the man who reminded the modern world of its filthy slaughter, had the following to say in 2009, shortly before he died at the age of 111. "When the war ended, I don't know if I was more relieved that we'd won or that I didn't have to go back. Passchendaele was a disastrous battle – thousands and thousands of young lives were lost. It makes me angry. Earlier this year, I went back to Ypres to shake the hand of Charles Kuentz, Germany's only surviving veteran from the war. It was emotional. He is 107. We've had 87 years to think what war is. To me, it's a licence to go out and murder. Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn't speak? All those lives lost for a war finished over a table. Now what is the sense in that?" www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty*SomersetBranch
  • Score: 10

1:37pm Mon 9 Jun 14

SocialistParty*SomersetBranch says...

"War, is organised murder, and nothing else."

Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009


Seventy five years ago, the major powers plunged humanity into the horror of world war. Modern capitalist technique guaranteed death and destruction on a previously unimaginable scale. Despite the contending claims this was, at root, a struggle for markets, and economic and political dominance. This post looks at the background to the war and the responsibility of socialists in wartime.

"And I can’t help but wonder now Willie McBride

Do all those who lie here know why they died?

Did you really believe them when they told you the cause?

Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

But the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame –

The killing, the dying – it was all done in vain.

For Willie McBride, it’s all happened again

And again, and again, and again, and again."

Eric Bogle

THE LYRICS TO Eric Bogle’s haunting folk song, No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France, or Willie McBride), set against the background of an imaginary young soldier killed in the first world war, are as relevant today on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the second world war which falls on 1 September. War did happen ‘again and again’ with its countless victims and will continue to do so as long as capitalism remains. Indeed, the total number of victims of the second world war dwarfed even the carnage of the first. Estimates of the total number of casualties for the war suggest some 60 million died, 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians.

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"War, is organised murder, and nothing else." Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009 Seventy five years ago, the major powers plunged humanity into the horror of world war. Modern capitalist technique guaranteed death and destruction on a previously unimaginable scale. Despite the contending claims this was, at root, a struggle for markets, and economic and political dominance. This post looks at the background to the war and the responsibility of socialists in wartime. "And I can’t help but wonder now Willie McBride Do all those who lie here know why they died? Did you really believe them when they told you the cause? Did you really believe that this war would end wars? But the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame – The killing, the dying – it was all done in vain. For Willie McBride, it’s all happened again And again, and again, and again, and again." Eric Bogle THE LYRICS TO Eric Bogle’s haunting folk song, No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France, or Willie McBride), set against the background of an imaginary young soldier killed in the first world war, are as relevant today on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the second world war which falls on 1 September. War did happen ‘again and again’ with its countless victims and will continue to do so as long as capitalism remains. Indeed, the total number of victims of the second world war dwarfed even the carnage of the first. Estimates of the total number of casualties for the war suggest some 60 million died, 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians. Post continued at: http://www.socialism today.org/131/war.ht ml www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty*SomersetBranch
  • Score: 10

3:47pm Mon 9 Jun 14

timmybadger says...

Regardless of your view on the reasons of a war which happened before your time, these men and women still fought and gave their lives for the freedom of this country.

How about you save your preaching for a more suitable forum and actually pay respect to the heroes of a generation.
Regardless of your view on the reasons of a war which happened before your time, these men and women still fought and gave their lives for the freedom of this country. How about you save your preaching for a more suitable forum and actually pay respect to the heroes of a generation. timmybadger
  • Score: -11

11:01am Thu 12 Jun 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Wise words from Harry Patch and I think everyone would agree with them.

But is this the time or the place for the SocialistParty to try and highjack a thread about the brave men who want to remember their fallen friends?
Wise words from Harry Patch and I think everyone would agree with them. But is this the time or the place for the SocialistParty to try and highjack a thread about the brave men who want to remember their fallen friends? Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -12

1:07pm Fri 13 Jun 14

SocialistParty*SomersetBranch says...

timmybadger wrote:
Regardless of your view on the reasons of a war which happened before your time, these men and women still fought and gave their lives for the freedom of this country.

How about you save your preaching for a more suitable forum and actually pay respect to the heroes of a generation.
"War, is organised murder, and nothing else."

Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009
[quote][p][bold]timmybadger[/bold] wrote: Regardless of your view on the reasons of a war which happened before your time, these men and women still fought and gave their lives for the freedom of this country. How about you save your preaching for a more suitable forum and actually pay respect to the heroes of a generation.[/p][/quote]"War, is organised murder, and nothing else." Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009 SocialistParty*SomersetBranch
  • Score: 11

1:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

SocialistParty*SomersetBranch says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
Wise words from Harry Patch and I think everyone would agree with them.

But is this the time or the place for the SocialistParty to try and highjack a thread about the brave men who want to remember their fallen friends?
"War, is organised murder, and nothing else.

We've had 87 years to think what war is. To me, it's a licence to go out and murder. Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn't speak? All those lives lost for a war finished over a table. Now what is the sense in that?"

Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: Wise words from Harry Patch and I think everyone would agree with them. But is this the time or the place for the SocialistParty to try and highjack a thread about the brave men who want to remember their fallen friends?[/p][/quote]"War, is organised murder, and nothing else. We've had 87 years to think what war is. To me, it's a licence to go out and murder. Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn't speak? All those lives lost for a war finished over a table. Now what is the sense in that?" Harry Patch: 1898 - 2009 SocialistParty*SomersetBranch
  • Score: 8

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