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POLL: Did You Hear War Stories Growing Up?


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zapper Inactive Member writes:

I had three great uncles in WWII, one a German POW, and I recall them telling tons of tales. J.M., the POW, only spoke rarely of his time in captivity, but I was fortunate enough (depending upon how one looks at it) to be one he opened up to. My grandfather was in Korea. He only spoke of it rarely, but always hated both the TV show and the movie M*A*S*H and got on to me for watching them. He said they had nothing to do with the actual situation. Still, I like the movie and loved the first three seasons of the TV show. I had another grandfather at Pearl Harbor during the attack. He remained stationed there afterward. He only spoke about it once to me.


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VOTING RESULTS
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yes
111
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no
85
43%
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not raised in a family
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POLL DESCRIPTION

Writing in Achtung Schweinehund!, Harry Pearson explains the the immediate post-WWII generation was unusual in British history:

I have never actually lived through a war, though I sometimes feel as if I have. When I was a child and my family got together war stories inevitably broke out. Although I wasn't from what would be termed a military background, like most children born in the early 1960s I had many relatives with military experience. Grandfathers and great-uncles had gone through the First World War; fathers and uncles had fought in the Second World War or done national service, often in places like Palestine, Korea, Aden and Malaya. Even those who had not fought in the wars had lived through them. They had heard the air raid sirens, hidden in Anderson shelters, seen streets bombed to oblivion, been evacuated.

In your family, did they tell war stories when you were a child?