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LStarosta
09-01-2005, 08:09 AM
Today is the 66th anniversary of the beginning of WWII. Let us take a moment of silence to remember all those that were lost in this horrible war.

Please show some respect and refrain from arguments.

Thank you.

PBNA-Boosher
09-01-2005, 08:15 AM
In the words of Wilfred Owen, though written for the first world war, it stands very true.

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots4
Of tired, outstripped5 Five-Nines6 that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! €" An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

HotelBushranger
09-01-2005, 08:23 AM
It's ironic that my birthday is also the first day that a war, which consumes millions of lives started. Contrasts life and death very blatently, don't you think?

Luftwaffe_109
09-01-2005, 08:35 AM
Indeed, on this day (1st September) 66 years ago near Dirschau (or Tczew in Polish) Leutenant Bruno Dilley of Heiligenbeil, East Prussia, bombed the Vistula Bridge with his Stuka at 4.26 AM precisely, opening what would become the most destructive armed conflict in human history.