Questions, questions, questions
Posted 27 March 2003 - 03:37 PM
For those of you who don't know me (which will be the majority of you), I began contacting WWII veterans in 1987, sending the GI's at least a 4 page questionnaire asking them questions about their time of service. Right now all the replies are recycled back into our unit (ask Doc who frequents these boards). Anyway, every so often I like to "freshen" up my questions-get rid of some, add others. Well, I'm to that point now.
So, if you had the opportunity what questions would you ask of:
-US civilians on the Homefront
Who knows? I may actually use your questions on my revised questionnaires.
Posted 27 March 2003 - 04:51 PM
It's obvious that questions to fly boyz are going to be different than to navy or ground guys....
Posted 27 March 2003 - 05:24 PM
Quite true. Most "delicate" questions are not event dealt with, or if they are it is in a very vague, round about way. If the response is good, I start delving a bit deeper.
And yes, the answers to the questions coming from a bombardier will be completely different then those from a front line rifleman. That is why I don't send out questions to a person just because he is a vet. I keep only to those who were infantry, armor, para, or artillery.
So, any takers?
Posted 07 April 2003 - 10:27 AM
Posted 07 April 2003 - 04:09 PM
First, I ask which ones they recall having most experience with: C-, D-, or K-Rations, and if they were "typically" (and yes, I know that is a relative term) eaten cold or warmed, and if warmed, how they personally went about warming them.
A sub-question to that is if the GI's acquired any other food. If so, what they got and how it was gotten.
After the above is answered, this then leads into later discussions of the contents of the rations, favorite choices, least favorite choices, foods they scrounged for, where they scrounged, how they scrounged/borrowed/bought/stole food, stories about silly things happening in chow lines, while scrounging food, etc (seems a LOT of guys blew up cans of C-Rations in fires).
I am going for personal observations here in my questions. The answers are then recycled back into my Living History group's displays we do for the public.
And yes, I do realize that after 55+ years each answer needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
But, anyway, that is the type of thing I ask. Some other questions sent would be uniform/equipment used by the vet IN THE FIELD; personal items carried by the vet IN THE FIELD; items used in a way other then intended (condoms over muzzles, the miriad of uses for the helmet, etc). Things like that.
Oh, and to let you know, the veterans I ask are "limited" to those serving mainly in Infantry during the summer of 1944, but I also send out questions to veterans of Armor, or Airborne Divisions, in Europe after D-Day. I do that as my group portrays an Infantry unit.
Hope the above rambling makes sense.
Posted 07 April 2003 - 06:28 PM
Just a couple of ideas.
Posted 07 April 2003 - 07:55 PM
Great ideas. Thank you Stefan.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 10:54 AM
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