Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:58 am
I do wonder what 'Forgotten' actually means in the media. Has the British Forces in Italy been 'forgotten'. Just looking at my bookselves there are:
'The British Army in Italy 1917-1918' by John and Eileen Wilks, Leo Cooper 1998.
'The Forgotten Front - The British Campaign in Italy 1917-1918' by George H. Cassar, The Hambledon Press 1998.
(Not to mention 'Offensive Patrol' by Norman Macmillan for the RFC/RAF out there).
Obviously 'Not Forgotten' in 1998. What is actually meant, I think, is 'lesser known' which is probably bound to happen as the overwelming majority of the British Forces were on the Western Front. There is plenty of material available on the campaigns of the Great War, however, people need to have an 'interest' in it to bother to look for it.
Back to media terms; I think it was Jeremy Clarkson who presented a documentary on the St Nazaire raid of 1942 ( it was quite good), this was however talked of as 'forgotten', despite there having been a documentary on TV just over a year before!
So 'Forgotten' is a very loose term in 'mediaspeak' and should not be taken at face value, it may just be the production team did not know anything about the subject (sadly probably not an uncommon occurrence).
Thats the end of the 'rant' of the day, sorry.