04 February 2012
Only the Crazies. . .
Members of the Swedish Army's Ostrobothnia Regiment (1705), a unit that was based in Finland when that country was still a part of of Greater Sweden.
The uniform plate above reminds me of something a former professor of mine once said when I was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The professor in question was from Helsinki, and while he was an ethnic Swede, he also spoke fluent Finnish and thus taught courses in the Finnish language and literature. The linguists out there among you might know how complex and daunting the Finnish language is to non-natives. Yours truly, for one, was never brave enough to give it a try.
Anyway, what this man stated in one of my classes one day was that it is only the crazies who attempt to learn Finnish. Likewise, I am reminded of his observation as I prepare to set up for the coming Battle of Neu Sittangbad, which will feature my own units of between 30- to 80-figure units, most still unbased, and peruse photos of Alte Fritz's newly painted Fife and Drum Miniatures British grenadiers. It's scary, because I find myself thinking, "Now, I could used about 80 of those in a new regiment for the Electorate of Zichenau's army." As the title of this post suggests, only the crazies. . .