Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Made Up Dream Novel #2

Made Up Dream Novel #2

7 comments:

  1. Broke by wives with no sense for suave.

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  2. Ha, yes, damn them for insisting on not having scabby top lips. WW1 is also responsible.

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  3. Gas masks?

    Or the mass enlistment of middle-class types that were too soft to grow facial hair?

    :/)

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  4. The second, but kids & too young. There was a standing order about not shaving the upper lip that was got rid of in 1916. Researching it now, there is a suggestion that the real reason was that bloke who abolished the order hated his own moustache.

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  5. That makes sense...putting aside the facetiousness of my comment, the Boer War was the first war to see wide middle-class involvement..and those boy's rocked the stache like movie stars.

    It didn't get so bad though that kids and bantam units were recruited.

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  6. I'll bow to your greater knowledge (I have virtually no knowledge of british military history beyond titbits of moustache trivia and Vanity Fair) - when I googled it after your original question, it suggested that the no shaving order came about during the Crimean War after many soldiers informally adopted the habit, I guess because of the cold.

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  7. There are some great pictures of Guards from the Crimea with beards almost as big as their bearskins...very menacing.

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