they'd get no further.
We couldn't possible lose.'
'We were brought up to think that
one Englishman's worth ten Germans.'
'I thought that any enemy of England
was an enemy of mine and I wanted to be in it.'
'Oh, six months or 12 months and it'd be all over
and Bob's your uncle.'
'I went with a friend of mine into Shepherd's Bush Empire
to see the picture show there and they
showed the fleet sailing the high seas
and played, "Britons never shall be slaves."
One feels that little shiver run up their back
and you know you've got to do something.'
'A friend of mine said to me, "We're going to join up."
It was from the patriotic point of view
and from the general excitement of the whole affair, I suppose.'
'I didn't believe in war to that extent,
but I was prepared to do my part.'
'You see, in those days, men weren't to think for themselves.
They just had to do what they were told
and that's all there was to it.'
'Oh, my mother was very aggrieved about it
but, you know, a young man, you decide you're going to go.'
但是 作为一个年轻人 要自己决定自己的道路
'At lunch time, I left the office, went along to Armoury House
and there was a queue of about 1,000 people trying to enlist.'
'Everybody thought that it would be a civilised war
and wanted to be fit enough to go.'
'Two of us decided to join up together and when we told the boss
we were going to start training on Monday, he was very annoyed.
He didn't make any promise that our jobs
would be there when we got back.'
'My mother, she said, "You wait until you're 19."
See, that was the age in those days,
19 to 35. Well, it was supposed to be.'
'We were all lads together, you know,
full of excitement and all this kind of thing.
I mean, I just wanted to have a go at Jerry.'
'I just thought that I'd like to go and fight for the country.
You were proud of your country
and you'd do the best you could for it
and this was what most of the young
people thought of doing in those days.'
'My mother, she said to me,
"Look, we could stop you doing this because of your age."
I said, "Yes, I know you could,
Mother, but I'm sure you won't,"
which they never did.'
'l just felt that all the young fellas
of that age were volunteering
and I thought it was my job to do the same.'
'I was desperately keen.
A whole heap of us went.
I said, "Direct enlistment, please."
They were highly delighted
and pushed me in as quick as lightning.'
'Lots of the lads were joining the local regiments,
like the Bucks and the Middlesex.
Lads that I knew and been to school with,
played football and cricket with,
we joined up, hoping for the best.'
'We were good friends, comrades
and it was a relief from rather boring jobs at home, you see.'
'I was walking down the Camden town High Street
when two young ladies approached me.
"Why aren't you in the army?"
I said, "I'm only 17."
"Oh, they all say that here."
And to my amazement, she put her hand in her bag
and I put my hand up to sort of safeguard myself
when this white feather finished up my nose.'
'As we marched to the station,
some of the chaps had bowler hats,
some had straw hats, some had the regulation peaked army cap.
Some would have tunics, some would be dressed
with their ordinaryjackets with a pair of army trousers.
Some had army boots, some didn't,
and we really were a motley throng.'
'Some of them were obviously chaps
who had hoped to live in some comfort
and brought suitcases with clothes
with them which they never saw again.'
'We had to all get our hair cut.
"How would you like it, sir?"
And you'd say, "Short back and sides,"
but the answer was straight over the top with horse clippers
and we looked more like convicts than soldiers.'
'As soon as war broke out, there was a
call made for all ex-soldiers to rejoin
and they made 'em sergeants straightaway,
so you got a lot of instructors that way.'
'The people who really carried us through
was the old sweats who'd had previous war experience
and gave us a lot of wise advise as to
what to look for and what to dodge.'
'We were ordered down onto the parade ground
and then we were allotted to different platoons.'
'When they came to us, they were weedy,
sallow, skinny, frightened children.
脸色蜡黄 瘦骨嶙峋 吓坏了的孩子
The refuse of our industrial system