Many of you can feel a little bit confused about the title..."WTF? where is that damn Guadalcanal? where are brave American soldiers being killed by Japanese mortars, machine guns etc etc? "
So I'll explain...this phrase doesn'y come from the book written by James Jones nor the movie...This sentence was used for the first time on October 25 1854 during the Crimean War, when The Times correspondent William H. Russell saw a brave (and also you may think insane) stance of the Scots from the 93 Sutherland Higland Regiment...To protect the disorganised British camp in Balaclava against an attack of the Russian cavalry charging at the camp early in the morning , Sir Colin Campbell- commander of the regiment formed the 93rd into a line two deep — the famous "thin red line". He needed to stretch the line to fully protect the camp. Fortunately for him his soldiers repeled the russian cavalry with two volleys(and even started a traditional highland counterattack but the fierce Scots were stopped by Campbell crying "93RD, DAMN ALL THAT EAGERNESS!!! "
I was inspired by Robert Gibb's famous painting entitled "The Thin Red Line" ...and by the way...who said that ordinary coloured pencils are for children?
so what should I draw next? maybe the Charge of the Light or Heavy brigade?
dunno...must think about it