By Bill Lamin
The youngest of 4 teenagers, Harry Lamin was once born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left tuition on the age of thirteen to paintings within the lace undefined. In December 1916 he was once conscripted into the ninth Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, an infantry unit with which he served in France and Italy until eventually greater than a yr after the warfare had ended. at the Western entrance he took half within the conflict of the Messines Ridge in June 1917, after which within the high priced, long-drawn-out soreness of the conflict of Passchendaele (Third Ypres), during which he used to be wounded. Harry’s battalion was once later ordered to Italy as a part of an Anglo-French strength despatched to shore up the Italian military. Seeing motion at the Piave entrance, the ninth York and Lancasters served in Italy till Austria sued for an armistice after the crushing defeat of Vittorio Veneto. With the battle over, Harry remained in Italy, moving to the Royal Munster Fusiliers in April 1919, and was once eventually demobbed in January 1920. all through his time in provider, Harry wrote fantastically saw letters domestic to individuals of his kin and to pals. no matter if describing a few motion in the course of 3rd Ypres; the common and infrequently tedious marches and teach trips that have been the lot of the poor bloody infantry;” the mountainous state of the Italian entrance or the shattered panorama of Flanders, his narrative is usually stoical, uncomplaining, good-humoured, and profoundly relocating. Annotated, edited, and organized through Harry’s grandsonwho chanced on the letters in a drawerthis is an insightful tribute to an exceptional, courageous, selfless and honourable guy who persisted every thing that the warfare may throw at him and nonetheless got here up smiling.
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As they act, produce materially, and hence as they work under definite material limits, presuppositions and conditions independent of their will. , that is, real active men, as they are conditioned by a definite development of their productive forces and of the intercourse corresponding to these, up to its furthest forms. Consciousness [das Bewusstsein] can never be anything else than conscious being [das bewusste Sein], and the being of men is their actual life-process. So far, so matter-of-fact.
For a young man who had just set out to devastate philosophical speculation, these were highly speculative thoughts. 88 When dealing with the future, Marx’s conceptions always remained vague and philosophically undefined. 89 Basically, these were surprisingly simple answers to extremely complicated questions. But the questions had been raised, and they had something to do with the new problems and contradictions of a rising industrial society. As early as 1831, the French socialist Pierre Leroux wrote in the Revue encyclopédique: “For forty years, one state form follows the next and one after the other collapses similarly into an abyss.
127 His prognosis referred to an impending revolution in Germany, which admittedly largely lacked a real modern proletariat at the time, despite suffering massive poverty. 129 But Marx thought principally in terms of antinomies, perhaps because his generation in particular experienced the upheavals of the 1840s, oscillating between progress and destitution, as especially traumatic. Apart from that, Marx’s presentation of his construction of the proletariat as a universal class was not much more convincing than, for example, Hegel’s derivation of the monarchic principle from Nature.
Letters From the Trenches: A Soldier of the Great War by Bill Lamin