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A37321751 - Crisbecq – the Defenders’ Story

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

bob, you can find the active PR thread here: https://www.h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/brunel/F48874?thread=8322227 Please not the dates on which the above comments were made. This Entry was rejected by the BBC years ago and this is the PR thread from back then.


A37321751 - Crisbecq – the Defenders’ Story

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Pinniped

Yeah. There was a guy called Jimster who didn’t like me, along with a few others who didn’t conform either.

I’ve heard it said that what happened in the last years of the BBC encumbancy was that, as the Corporation’s interest in h2g2 waned, they put some of their weaker staff in charge of it. The result was that people who could already see their longed-for journalistic careers slipping away were left supervising enthusiastic amateurs who could write better than the wannabes could. It was never going to end well.

I rather resent the assertion that this is fiction, because it isn’t. Fritz Schulte really told me this story (though that wasn’t his real name). John Alderman really had these conversations with me too (again not his real name). I can’t say whether what they said is true, but I can certainly promise that they said it. Moreover, they left me convinced that they believed themselves that they were speaking the truth. Does that make for fiction? Hardly.

History (as an academic subject) and creative writing have an uneasy relationship. True historians (and I count several among my close friends) consider that being accurate and certain of the facts is ultimately more important than being interesting. They would certainly draw the line at dramatising a narrative to make it stimulating, if the resulting narrative in any way stretched the received truth.

As a writer, I tend to see the balance differently, but where I stand on this issue doesn’t really matter here. What does matter is that Fritz lived through the experiences that he described, and one of the very few things that upset that charming and big-hearted man was the reputation that history had attached to his hero, Walter Ohmsen. Fritz described the Ohmsen that I’ve described.

I’m not prepared to change this Entry too much, not out of my own writing vanity, but because I wanted to give Fritz, a man who I like and admired very much, his voice. I re-posted it now because of the D-Day anniversary.

I don’t want readers to judge this Entry (or indeed anything else that I write) against an academic standard. I want people to receive it as creative non-fiction, a distinct writing genre in its own right.


A37321751 - Crisbecq – the Defenders’ Story

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

And certainly within the purview of the Guide. smiley - smiley As long as we are clear about who said what, it is perfectly safe to trust our readers with diverse viewpoints, say I. (See the book review I just put into PR.)

We are NOT the BBC. smiley - winkeye These days, I'm rather proud of that.


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