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Well, I've decided to post the weblinks I've long been promising – all three of them. I thought there would be more. I certainly asked a lot more people and organisations for permission to link to their sites. It's a shame, I think you would have got a kick out of some of the sites and might even have found out some interesting things.
But the rules are that I have to get permission to link to other sites. One Scottish regimental museum gave me a definite “no”. For some reason it was felt that only victories should be discussed. Maybe the guys who died in military disasters are somehow second-class dead soldiers, whose stories should never be told. However, the majority of people I contacted simply didn't reply. Indifference is a terrible thing. Not so much in the case of the weblinks: no-one's life is going to be ruined because a site wasn't linked to. But indifference can be an awfully destructive force. Like some boss that can't be bothered to check his facts before giving some poor sod an undeserved lousy reference. Repeat that kind of behaviour a couple of times and someone's career is ruined. Years ago I read a book about a guy who wrote a book about his life being chased around New Guinea by hostile head-hunting types. His “escaping head-hunters” book was a great success and he moved to London to pursue a career as a full time writer. He found big city anonymity and big city indifference far more challenging to deal with than being hunted through the jungle – at least the tribesmen cared enough to want to kill him. I'm not kidding, that's what he said. I think far more people die in this world because no-one gives a toss whether they live or die than are killed through maliciousness.


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