Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Purnell's History Of The World Wars Special
"Don't mention The War!"
But back in the seventies it seemed to me that The War was still everywhere. In films, in comics, in Action Man figures, in The World At War, in the trunk full of toy machine guns and soldier uniforms in my bedroom. Shooting German infantrymen seemed as natural to me then as shooting Red Indians with my trusty Colt 45 and holster set. I don't recall my parents ever discouraging such activity, though I do recall my gran (the one in my previous post who had about as much reason to dislike 'the hun' as anybody) once telling me something about German soldiers being someone's sons and daddies too. I don't think I believed her.
If I saw any of my kids today behaving the way I did back then, I think I'd be deeply mortified and seriously concerned for their mental development!