Reading 'Three days in June' about the 1982 Mt. Longdon battle (Excellent so far. Check it out.) It, and conversations with Falklands service mates & others that have engaged with Falkland veterans gets me thinking about the timescale of war/remembrance/story telling. WW2 was so massive that I imagine it'll ring somewhat longer, but those chaps on World at War holding forth down the pub were filmed c.30 years post-bellum. Falklands chaps seem to be emerging from the woodwork to tell the story of their war more fully since the 30th anniversary, with a wave building around the 40th. 30-40 years. Wondering if that's maybe a bit of a constant for blokes on the ground beginning to talk. Long enough for some demons to be sleeping a tad more. For irritation to build at others telling their story. To have attended mates' funerals who're now passing by entirely normal time flying, outside of traumatic effects. I think there's quite likely a natural timescale to this stuff. WW2 indeed so large a cataclysm it runs somewhat longer, but it's hard to deny the chaps that fought it are fading away. If WW1 any indicator, after they've gone, the centenary roughly hits, there's a peak of interest, intensified historical digging, revisionism (Good or bad, often good), and then maybe a tailing off of interest or 'new stuff'. WW2 is fully 100 years old on the second of September 2045. If the forum still stands then*, it'll be interesting for those still engaged to cover its rise or fall in the 'Interesting/important' history stakes. Trajan's column still probably bemuses most. The grave mounds of Towton & Cheriton are a minority interest. * Hello future WW2Talk people! I'm probably dead now (lifestyle) - look up Usernames marked in Purple, as they were there.