A film for Christmas

.Yesterday I watched one of “must view at Christmas” films: “Joyeux Noël”.  More about this film here, but beware spoilers in the synopsis.  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_Noël

I find this movie interesting from a historical viewpoint, schmalzy in places and unbelievable in a couple of plot concepts, but I will watch it, and be reduced to tears, every Christmas.  Each time I watch I see a little more into the main characters and gain a little more understanding of the (French) director’s idea.

The story is excellently portrayed by the director and all the actors.  It is in English, German and French (normally subtitled).  Naturally when the main protagonists interact the language switches to the one who understands least of the other two, so there is a lot of English with a strong clipped Scottish accent!  Daniel Brühl, as the German officer, acts a lot of his rôle in French or English.

What I take from this film is that if it were left to the front line troops the Great War would have been over by the first Christmas – or New Year at the latest, but those in command had no idea how to end it once it had been put in motion by those above them.

It is a film with realism, pathos, romance, occasional comedy, social criticism and above all humanity.  And recommended for Christmas viewing, expecially this year as we remember the end of the Great War.


A quick repainting

Ah, the perils of research!
I can’t find my original source for the sky blue coats for French infantry in 1914.
But now it seems clear that they were not available until 1915 at the earliest. So do I try to repaint the coats (probably sleeves and skirts only at this scale) or ignore it on the basis that these soldiers spend most of their little tin lives in an alternative history setting?

I have decided. To get the next game out of the way I will use them as they are, and then try to get them in their correct coats before the next battle. They are, after all, currently still in 1902. If they make it to 1915 they can have their old coats back. I am trying to resist buying more lead and starting afresh. I have already used half of next month’s wargaming budget.

General Whiskers' semi-historical wanderings

I have just finished repainting the bases of my 6mm 1914 French brigade to better match the grass they will be fighting over.


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