Sharing anti-British resentment with veterans
Australian men share their memories of World War I and its aftermath with Ross. Of course, Germans are remembered fondly, the British not so much.
The men, friends on a sailing trip, bond with Ross over a drunken night on their sailboat. Its captain, a successful local businessman nicknamed the “admiral” [p. 105], tells the story of having been disciplined during service for not holding a British colonel’s horse. His resentment of the British, fueled by Australian nationalism, is supported by a friend of Irish extraction.
The admiral praises the Germans, meanwhile, “with whom he had become acquainted first at the Western front. Later, while stationed in Cologne as part of the occupation, acquaintance grew into friendship.” [p. 108] Given Ross’s predominantly German readership, this mixture of flattery for Germans and criticism of the British seems too convenient to believe.
Colin Ross. Der “Admiral”. In: Haha Whenua - das Land, das ich gesucht. Mit Kind und Kegel durch die Südsee. 4. Aufl. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus; 1933; 105–9.