August 25th, 2009

regency period letter writing.

Oh, hey. I need to write something taking place in the early 1800s, during the Napoleonic wars. It will involve letter writing, in period-style.

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My internet searches have given me a large heap of absolutely nothing, besides a lengthy overview of how Regency Period letters were written, but nothing as to their content. Any input would, again, be appreciated, and thank you kindly for it.

2nd World War in Britain: men volunteer for service, what would happen next?

1. Very wealthy, male, late 20s-early 30s when the war begins
2. Middle class, male, getting close to 40, a domestic servant who had a little military experience in the first world war.

Britain - then, if it works historically, first character in Africa or Europe, second in Burma.

I have a ton of questions. I hope it's okay to ask them all in one post - they are all directly related to the subject.

From the research I've done, both my characters were too old to actually get called up, even though according to the National Service (Armed Forces) Act they were made liable for conscription. Bearing that in mind:

- How likely is it that they'd have volunteered?
- How unusual would it have been for someone of a privileged background to volunteer?
- If someone did volunteer, what would be the immediate result (assuming they volunteered after the 'Phoney War' period)? Was there always 6 months training?
- If my two characters were friends and joined up at the same time, is it likely they'd continue to serve together? (My hope is that they'd end up on completely separate paths, just want to know how likely that would be).
- How was it decided where you would be placed? Did it depend on where you were from at all, or was it random?
- How was it decided what rank a new volunteer would hold? Would their class be a factor, or just their experience?
- If someone of these ages did volunteer, is it likely they'd have been sent overseas into combat situations?
- Were there duties they'd have been expected to perform if they DIDN'T join?

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