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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, was an English poet and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War, his poetry both described the horrors of the trenches and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war. Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital. Sassoon won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the "Sherston trilogy". Siegfried Sassoon was born to a Jewish father and an Anglo-Catholic mother, grew up in the neo-gothic mansion named "Weirleigh", in Matfield, Kent, his father, Alfred Ezra Sassoon, son of Sassoon David Sassoon, was a member of the wealthy Baghdadi Jewish Sassoon merchant family. For marrying outside the faith, Alfred was disinherited.

Siegfried's mother, belonged to the Thornycroft family, sculptors responsible for many of the best-known statues in London—her brother was Sir Hamo Thornycroft. There was no German ancestry in Siegfried's family, his middle name, was the surname of a clergyman with whom she was friendly. Siegfried was the second of three sons, the others being Hamo; when he was four years old his parents separated. During his father's weekly visits to the boys, Theresa locked herself in the drawing-room. In 1895 Alfred Sassoon died of tuberculosis. Sassoon was educated at the New Beacon School, Kent, he went down from Cambridge without a degree and spent the next few years hunting, playing cricket and writing verse: some he published privately. Since his father had been disinherited from the Sassoon fortune for marrying a non-Jew, Siegfried had only a small private income that allowed him to live modestly without having to earn a living His first published success, The Daffodil Murderer, was a parody of John Masefield's The Everlasting Mercy.

Robert Graves, in Good-Bye to All That describes it as a "parody of Masefield which, midway through, had forgotten to be a parody and turned into rather good Masefield." Sassoon expressed his opinions on the political situation before the onset of the First World War thus—"France was a lady, Russia was a bear, performing in the county cricket team was much more important than either of them". Sassoon wanted to play for Kent County Cricket Club. Siegfried turned out for Bluemantles at the Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells, where he sometimes played alongside Arthur Conan Doyle, he had played cricket for his house at Marlborough College, once taking 7 wickets for 18 runs. Although an enthusiast, Sassoon was not good enough to play for Kent, but he played cricket for Matfield village, for the Downside Abbey team, continuing into his seventies. Motivated by patriotism, Sassoon joined the British Army just as the threat of a new European war was recognized, was in service with the Sussex Yeomanry on 4 August 1914, the day the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war on Germany.

He broke his arm badly in a riding accident and was put out of action before leaving England, spending the spring of 1915 convalescing. He was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, as a second lieutenant on 29 May 1915. On 1 November his younger brother Hamo was killed in the Gallipoli Campaign, in the same month Siegfried was sent to the 1st Battalion in France. There he met Robert Graves, they became close friends. United by their poetic vocation, they read and discussed each other's work. Though this did not have much perceptible influence on Graves' poetry, his views on what may be called'gritty realism' profoundly affected Sassoon's concept of what constituted poetry, he soon became horrified by the realities of war, the tone of his writing changed completely: where his early poems exhibit a Romantic, dilettantish sweetness, his war poetry moves to an discordant music, intended to convey the ugly truths of the trenches to an audience hitherto lulled by patriotic propaganda.

Details such as rotting corpses, mangled limbs, filth and suicide are all trademarks of his work at this time, this philosophy of'no truth unfitting' had a significant effect on the movement towards Modernist poetry. Sassoon's periods of duty on the Western Front were marked by exceptionally brave actions, including the single-handed capture of a German trench in the Hindenburg Line. Armed with grenades, he scattered sixty German soldiers:He went over with bombs in daylight, under covering fire from a couple of rifles, scared away the occupants. A pointless feat, since instead of signalling for reinforcements, he sat down in the German trench and began reading a book of poems which he had brought with him; when he went back he did not report. Colonel Stockwell in command, raged at him; the attack on Mametz Wood had been delayed for two hours because British patrols were still reported to be

Nereo Rocco

Nereo Rocco was an Italian association football player and manager. Regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, he is famous for having been one of the most successful head coaches in Italy, winning several domestic and international titles during his tenure with A. C. Milan. At Padova, he was one of the first proponents of catenaccio in the country. Rocco played as a winger in midfield, he played 287 Serie A matches within scoring 69 goals. Rocco was capped one time for the Italy national football team. Rocco made an appearance for the Italy national team on one occasion: in Vittorio Pozzo's selection in the 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification match, on 25 March 1934 against Greece, a 4–0 home victory. Rocco made his coaching debut for Triestina in 1947, he obtained a surprising second place in Serie A, still the highest result reached by the team. He left Triestina a few years because of disagreements with the club chairmanship. In 1951 he coached Treviso returning to Triestina. In 1953 Rocco signed as coach of Serie B team Padova, being able to avoid a relegation and obtaining promotion into Serie A the following season.

The Serie A period of Rocco's Padova is still remembered as the team's most successful in their history, despite having a small team, they were able to take third place during the 1957–58 season. In 1961, Rocco was appointed as new A. C. Milan coach, starting one of the most successful periods for the rossoneri: he built a hard-working and defensively sound side around the team's young star playmaker, Gianni Rivera, which complemented the midfielders' creative playing style. After a good stint at Torino, where he obtained the best results since the disappearance of the Grande Torino, in 1967 Rocco returned to Milan, where he won another scudetto and the Cup Winners' Cup, he left Milan in 1973, after having won another European Cup in 1969, an Intercontinental Cup, an Italian Cup and another Cup Winners' Cup. After one year in Fiorentina, Rocco decided to end his coaching career in 1974. In 1977, he was appointed by Milan as Assistant of coach Nils Liedholm. Rocco is Milan's longest-serving manager, managing the club for 459 matches.

Rocco died in 1979, aged 66, in Trieste. On 18 October 1992, a new stadium in Trieste, named after Rocco, was inaugurated. Rocco, popularly known as El Paròn, was popular for his strong use of the Triestine dialect. A. C. MilanSerie A: 1961–62, 1967–68 Coppa Italia: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77 European Cup: 1962–63, 1968–69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1967–68, 1972–73 Intercontinental Cup: 1969IndividualSeminatore d'Oro: 1962–63 Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2012 France Football 17th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2019 World Soccer 36th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013

Atatürk Monument (Mersin)

Atatürk Monument is a statue depicting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, in Mersin, Turkey. The monument is situated in the Cumhuriyet Square in Mersin at 36°47′37″N 34°37′31″E. Mersin Halkevi is to the northwest and İsmet İnönü Boulevard is to the southeast of the square. Up to the 1960s, the Mediterranean Sea coast was just to the south, but after the construction of Mersin Harbor now the distance to seaside is about 250 metres. Tevfik Sırrı Gür, the governor of Mersin Province in office between 1943 and 1947, was instrumental in building the monument, it was erected in 1944 on 23 April, the 24th anniversary of the foundation of Turkish parliament. Its creator was Turkish sculpture professor Kenan Yontunç, who had created a number of Atatürk statues before; the monument is a composed of a marble dais and a bronze statue of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey in military uniform. The height of the statue is 3.3 metres. The dais is a raised platform, situated in front of the statue.

Atatürk monuments and memorials