Unknowingly, a WWII veteran may have been the first to “tweet” from the frontlines. Well, maybe not exactly tweet, but you’ll see what we mean.
In January, a Twitter account was created to share a story that may have happened in 1940, but is still very relevant today. @DriverRoss is the official Twitter account for Ross Selkirk Taylor, a Scottish World War II veteran who kept a diary account of his life in the Royal Army Service Corps.
According to the bio of @DriverRoss, Taylor is sharing his story as a 21 year-old WWII British Army driver through his grandson (@ayreslive). Each day, Taylor’s grandson tweets daily entries from his 1940 pocket diary, detailing everything in Taylor’s diary account of 1940, including his deployment to France and his eventual imprisonment and torture by Nazi forces.
“It sounds insane that my grandfather tweeted the first year of World War II. But when you look at his tattered 1940 pocket diary, in which each entry is less than 140 characters, that’s precisely what he did,” says Chris Ayres, the man behind the Twitter account as well as an author and journalist.
The Twitter account launched on January first and will continue until December 31, 2012. Right now, you can catch Taylor’s diary entries from February 1940 and in May, things will take a dramatic turn, as this was the point in 1940 where Taylor was captured from Le Mans, France by a Nazi Panzer division.
It’s an interesting project and one that draws attention to the forgotten heroes and amazing stories of World War II. Check it out by visiting http://www.twitter.com/driverross