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1943: Burgess explains how an English pub differs from American saloons. This educational documentary (which was narrated, written, and co-directed by Burgess) was made to introduce American soldiers to Britain during World War II. 

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U.S., British, French, Polish, Dutch and German paratroopers training alongside one another during the large scale exercise Swift Response 16 at the Hohenfels Training Area, a part of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, in Hohenfels, Germany, Jun. 22, 2016. Exercise Swift Response is one of the premier military crisis response training events for multi-national airborne forces in the world. The exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of the combat core of the U.S. Global Response Force – currently the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team – to conduct rapid-response, joint-forcible entry and follow-on operations alongside Allied high-readiness forces in Europe. 

Despite the British Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, having passed emergency legislation forbidding witches and wizards from getting involved as World War I broke out in 1914, thousands nonetheless still joined the war effort. 19 year old Theseus Scamander and 17 year old Newton Scamander were no different than any other young men and boys of their age, itching to do their part in defense of Queen and Country. 

Being of age to serve, Theseus joined the Muggle armed services and went out onto the front lines as a field medic. His efforts during the 4-year length of the war saved 247 lives directly, all of whom he risked life and limb to pull to safety out of the death trap known as “no man’s land”. For his bravery, valor, and gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was given the Victoria Cross - the Muggle British armed forces’ highest honor. He was also awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class, after the war ended, for “acts of outstanding bravery” on the battlefield.

Newton, on the other hand, was not deployed out to the front lines. As he was still considered underage by Muggle standards, he was not allowed to join up as his older brother did in the Muggle armed forces. Instead, Newton was able to join the wizarding units pushing into the eastern front in Europe. Already a budding magizoologist at the time, he was recruited into the special “dragon division” that handled Ukrainian Ironbellies. His commanders still to this day have not seen anyone with a better talent at handling the dragons in a war zone.

As Theseus returned home a decorated “war hero”, Newton’s contributions during the war was inevitably overshadowed by his older brother’s heroic legacy in the eyes of the wizarding community - something he will continue to face even a decade since the war’s end.