Date: 12 Nov 2013 10:38 pm Title: Complete story
I am very impressed byt the research! Thanks; I found it very moving and loved hearing them discuss the War despite being on opposites sides
The original idea came to me whilst actually touring the fortress back in September 2011 when, fortuitiously, I made a few notes including the name of Herr Kirchmair. Googling that name eventually led me to the website which was a fantastic find for someone wanting to make things as realistic as possible. I had then intended to write this drabble last year, only to find that the website had been hacked and taken down and I only found that it was back up about three weeks ago!
Date: 11 Nov 2013 5:46 pm Title: Complete story
Most thought-provoking and beautifully written. It's always good to see the men of the Chalet School and to discover more of their experiences.
Yes, it has long struck me that whilst the early CS books were written relatively soon after the end of WWI there is never any sense of old hostilities between Austrians and Britons. My guess is that things would have been more awkward - if not impossible to write - had the school been further east, towards Vienna, but certainly I get the feeling that for the Tyrol, the 'enemy' was Italy and the British were the tourists who returned after the war boosting the local economy and therefore welcome. My mother holidayed with her parents just outside Innsbruck in 1951, lodging with a local family because the hotel was over-booked, and she says that there was a similar feeling then, after WWII - that the British had not been the enemies of the Tyroleans and were welcome to help rebuild the economy.
Date: 11 Nov 2013 2:46 pm Title: Complete story
What a beautiful and thoughtful story, chattie, and how poignant to read it on Armistice Day.
“In death all men are equal and thus may be regarded as brothers, as comrades despite what differences they may have had in life,”
Thanks for the review and kind words. As Finn will attest, this has been two years in the planning but the proximity of Armsitice Day finally spurred me on to write it in the last few weeks and it just seemed to 'come' when I did.
Date: 11 Nov 2013 11:02 am Title: Complete story
Thank you, chattie. It's a delightful story and as well written as yours always are. I enjoyed it very much when I had the preview and I've enjoyed it again now.
That's very kind of you, Finn - and thanks for the loan of Tristan!