Damn their weasely eyes!
Is a hun the same as a mongol(oid) or has my education failed me?
The Huns were originally an ancient Middle Eastern people who rode into Central Europe from the Russian Steppes as the Romans lost their grip. Attila, the most famous of their leaders, died in 453, they were then were pushed back to the Steppes by German tribes in late C5th AD and slipped out of history. They have been described as a 'Germanic' tribe, or confederation of tribes, though their empire at its peak stretched as far as Siberia, China and northern India and wasn't related to modern Germany. Hungary takes it's name from them, Bulgaria too, from a subgrouping. They had bad press from the Romanised Europeans but were more 'civilised' than the Mongols who came much later.
'The Hun' was the official derogatory name for the Germans in the last two world wars, though the allied soldiers persisted in calling them the more companionable 'Jerry'.
The Mongols were a nomadic bunch who also came from the Russian steppes. Their leader Ghengis Khan (1167 - 1227) founded the world's largest empire, which under his sons grew similar in territory to the old Soviet bloc plus China and Korea (they tried unsuccessfully to add Japan). Unlike the Huns they were not known for putting down roots but stayed in the saddle.
People with Downs Syndrome were until recently called Mongols or Mongoloid because the genetic origin of the condition produces a characteristic physiognomy that was compared to that of Central Asian peoples.
All very interesting, but how would you illustrate Hun, theo? Coal skuttle helmet? Pointed Prussian helmet and curling moustache? Leider hosen? Too complex I fear.
And derogatory names for johnny foreigner would be an entire subgroup: I can think of e f g without breathing inbetween. On the other hand, they are undoubtedly politically incorrect, whilst having been common currency. My late father in law frequently used them: with full knowledge of the potential to offend.
So, Headmaster, can they be used?
I had been wondering along the same lines myself. Square head? Bull neck? The coal scuttle helmet with spike and moustache, plus duelling scar, was my preference, though maybe a WWII common German soldier would be simpler.
Can they be used? Well, maybe... I had thought to include 'F for Frog' and illustrate it with the amphibian, but wearing a beret. Or 'G for German' with the 'Hun' accoutrements as above. 'E for Eyetie' I don't think would be acceptable though.
"'E for Eyetie' I don't think would be acceptable though."
Well of course not. It starts with an 'I'.
Military historians should look away now.
The heinous Hun marches heartlessly on, hurrying to defile the Belgian nuns and toss tiny babies onto his bayonet (this was WWI black propaganda of similar false provenance as "Iraqi soldiers throw Kuwaiti babies out of incubators" from the first Gulf War). Helmut here is not accessorised with a duelling scar - he's working class cannon fodder.
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