Not for the first time, I’m starting a new thread simply because an earlier thread has become too toxic even for my palette. On the thread of which I speak, a forum member who writes under the nom-de-plume of Gooseman voiced strong doubts on the true value of any statements or reports that have been made by veterans both on this forum and presumably anywhere. His exact words were: Veterans are usually the worst of sources when it comes to unbiased reconstruction of things. They are much overrated as a source. I am saying that after many years study and incorporating the thoughts of many fellow researchers. Veterans are essential to fill in the tiny details, sketch certain emo-elements, but as it comes to battle-reconstruction their accounts can be mighty dangerous and inaccurate. Needless to say, as a veteran, I questioned his statement by saying “Really ?” and received back a prompt “Really” so……no ambiguity there! On considering the matter further, my first thoughts were that he was entitled to his opinion and, if I read him correctly, he was not going to change his mind whatever I had to say on the subject, but on having had some time to mull over his remarks I now consider that I would be failing in my duty if I were to allow them to go unchallenged, hence this new thread. I start by saying that I can only speak for myself, but qualify that by saying that as a long standing member of this forum I have yet to read postings by any of the other veterans on this site that did not strike me as being both 100% truthful and as accurate as memory of events would allow. If that is to be construed as “mighty dangerous and inaccurate” then we have indeed descended into cloud cuckoo land! Going back to my own personal recollections, in an effort to substantiate credence, I have made available all my Army records on my personal profile and in addition the Regimental Diaries of both of my units are readily available on this site. I have also posted an obscene amount of short stories on this forum and most of them are based on diaries kept at the time in question. Finally, whilst accepting the sensible practice of using nom-de-plumes on most forums, including this one, I would point out that just like some other veterans on this site I write under my real name which is usually a good marker of someone who has nothing to hide. When I went onto Gooseman’s website I looked for his actual identity (which would have allowed me to see some more of his writings) but I looked in vain. Perhaps he could tell me where I have gone wrong ? Ron ps Since first writing this intro I have re-visited Gooseman's website and found a lengthy Bio under "Author". I was much interested to see a chapter under "Veterans" that helps to explain his comments on this site.