Home World That scary gift

That scary gift

by admin
That scary gift

The British army donates 84,000 helmets to the Ukrainian army. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, sort and pack the helmets in cardboard boxes. Donnigton, England. March 31, 2022 (Photo by Christopher Furlong)

It’s a gift. A necessary, absurd, and terrible gift. The British army has decided to donate over eighty thousand helmets to the Ukrainian army. In this photograph, taken in Donnigton, England, the soldier in the foreground weighs a helmet, ready to be packed and shipped. It is a generous contribution from the Royal Anglian Regiment; and it could be said that the image is much less distressing than those that arrive every day from the Ukrainian front. But is it really so? Those helmets will be worn. It is not the piece of armor of nonexistent knights. It will be on the heads of thousands of men in flesh and blood, people whose registry office in many cases is not from the twentieth century. Boys born in this century. The helmet that protects them at the same time exposes them. The help they receive is also confirmation of how much they are at risk. Thus, a shadow hangs over this photograph, the threat of the future is pressing.

Telling his century – the other, the twentieth – the German writer Günter Grass evoked a Belle époque greeted with glee by straw hats, hats

of a triumphal yellow buttercup.

On an unexpected day, those straw balls were thrown into the air, just as a communiqué announced the state of war. And it ended up that those light hats became

gray-green helmets.

For many, definitely. On the last page of the book, the writer’s mother takes the floor: she has lived through two world conflicts, and she looks to 2000 with confidence.

Let’s see what brings us for a while… As long as it’s not war again… First over there and then everywhere….

See also  Chinese Herald Network - Herald News - Nine British ministers resign one after another, Johnson as prime minister

You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy