About Miss Russell’s War
Yes, Mary Russell’s War is officially a Thing.
Every week from now until, well, until I run dry, we will read an excerpt from Miss Russell’s childhood diary, gathered together under the title of “Mary Russell’s War”. This week, the Germans are battering at the gates of Liege, a part of the Schlieffen Plan (which Mary’s father explains to her) to push rapidly west across Europe, taking Paris and securing the western flank before their enemy to the east, Russia, could mobilize their forces. Only Belgium stood in the way.
Any researcher can tell you how much life is to be found in contemporary records. For example, did you know that Coastal California literally heard the guns of that war? (see next week’s post!)
The Great War was a century ago, but it is also today, in every corner of Britain and the Continent. Each week into the foreseeable future, Mutterings will follow the War through the eyes of one young, far-away, and extraordinary girl.
Mary Russell’s War, here on Mutterings every Monday.