The Life of T.E. Lawrence
ThanksMost amazing archive I've seen and I'm sure you can help me. I'm writing a nonfiction book on Australian aviation history and its heroes for children and because Ross Smith was one of his pilots (interesting that he called himself Ross later on?) so when I came across a quote by T.E. Lawrence on the internet about aviation I wanted to use it. Now I can't discover if he really said this - 'It seems to me that the conquest of the air is the only major task for our generation.— T. E. Lawrence
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Does anyone know if this quote was, in fact, attributed to Lawrence? I can’t recall ever seeing it but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there somewhere. Let me know if you have any information on this!

From The Mint part 1, chapter 28 - Our Mould of Form - “Trenchard invented the touchstone by which the Air Council try all their works. ‘Will this, or will this not, promote the conquest if the air?’”

The quoting doesn’t mean the phrasing was necessarily Trenchard’s, and Lawrence elaborates on it later as follows:

From part 3, chapter 8 - Work: “We are greatly useful here in the eyes of all who accept our premiss, that the conquest of the air is the first duty of our generation.”

Awesome! Thank you!

ThanksMost amazing archive I've seen and I'm sure you can help me. I'm writing a nonfiction book on Australian aviation history and its heroes for children and because Ross Smith was one of his pilots (interesting that he called himself Ross later on?) so when I came across a quote by T.E. Lawrence on the internet about aviation I wanted to use it. Now I can't discover if he really said this - 'It seems to me that the conquest of the air is the only major task for our generation.— T. E. Lawrence
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Does anyone know if this quote was, in fact, attributed to Lawrence? I can’t recall ever seeing it but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there somewhere. Let me know if you have any information on this!

“T. E. Lawrence as Aircraftman T.E. Shaw on the aerodrome at Miranshah Fort in Waziristan, India (on the North West Frontier) during his service in the Royal Air Force. Lawrence was employed as a clerk in the wireless station at Miranshah. He is seen nursing his wrist which he had broken at RAF Cranwell in 1926. Lawrence wrote that the wrist ‘hurt for so long that nursing it became a habit.’”

T. E. Lawrence as Aircraftman T.E. Shaw on the aerodrome at Miranshah Fort in Waziristan, India (on the North West Frontier) during his service in the Royal Air Force. Lawrence was employed as a clerk in the wireless station at Miranshah. He is seen nursing his wrist which he had broken at RAF Cranwell in 1926. Lawrence wrote that the wrist ‘hurt for so long that nursing it became a habit.’”

I really appreciate seeing everything you've posted. I really enjoy reading about Lawrence. He was an incredible figure in all of history and stands out as one of the most inspiring and yet most controversial figures of all time. However, what I mean to ask you is about Lawrence's sexuality. His brother claimed he was not a homosexual as did many others that knew Lawrence in their lives. Even in his book Lawrence says he would avoid women and pets to remain superficial. What are your thoughts?
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There is very little evidence to suggest that Lawrence was homosexual besides some of the unusual relationships he maintained throughout his life (Dahoum, John Bruce). There is, however, a lot of evidence to suggest Lawrence was asexual. He wrote numerous times about his disdain and disgust for sex. He avoided close relationships with women, except those who were older and married and therefore “safe.” He definitely preferred the company of men over women. My personal opinion is that he was asexual with some homosexual tendencies. I say this because sexuality is such a gray area. I don’t think all people can be simply categorized as heterosexual, homosexual, and asexual. But the fact of the matter is that we will never truly know how Lawrence felt. Maybe his asexuality was simply a repression. Maybe what we perceive as homosexual tendencies are only a result of his fear of women (which may have started with his overpowering mother in childhood). We’ll never know the truth of the matter.

Hey guys, I have some exciting news! This blog has now reached over 300 followers and I want to celebrate by giving back to the community. I am going to give away three Lawrence books to one lucky person who messages me by Monday - November 25th, 12:00 pm EST. Just mention that you wish to be entered in the giveaway in your message.
It includes a 1964 paperback copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a 1927 hardcover edition of Revolt in the Desert (abridged version of Seven Pillars of Wisdom) and a paperback copy of The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Lawrence James.
The books are all used and the copy of Revolt in the Desert is in a fragile condition.
Rules:
1. You must be at least 18 years old.
2. If you win, you must be willing to share your name and contact information with me so that I can mail the books to you. You will giving this information to me, and not Tumblr.
3. You must reside in the US as per Tumblr’s contest guidelines. Sorry international followers. :(
4. You must submit an entry by sending me a message! Anonymous messages will be invalid.
Your messages will be assigned a number and I will draw a number at random to select the winner. I will announce the winner on Tuesday - November 26th! Good luck!
Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by Tumblr.

Hey guys, I have some exciting news! This blog has now reached over 300 followers and I want to celebrate by giving back to the community. I am going to give away three Lawrence books to one lucky person who messages me by Monday - November 25th, 12:00 pm EST. Just mention that you wish to be entered in the giveaway in your message.

It includes a 1964 paperback copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a 1927 hardcover edition of Revolt in the Desert (abridged version of Seven Pillars of Wisdom) and a paperback copy of The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Lawrence James.

The books are all used and the copy of Revolt in the Desert is in a fragile condition.

Rules:

1. You must be at least 18 years old.

2. If you win, you must be willing to share your name and contact information with me so that I can mail the books to you. You will giving this information to me, and not Tumblr.

3. You must reside in the US as per Tumblr’s contest guidelines. Sorry international followers. :(

4. You must submit an entry by sending me a message! Anonymous messages will be invalid.

Your messages will be assigned a number and I will draw a number at random to select the winner. I will announce the winner on Tuesday - November 26th! Good luck!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by Tumblr.

Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Part 2

Sir Herbert Samuel’s second visit to Transjordan. T.E. Lawrence in a Bristol F.2B fighter airplane ready for a flight to el-Azrak, April 17, 1921.

Source: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2004004588/PP/

The necessary speed and range for distant war we would attain through the frugality of the desert men, and their efficiency on camels. The camel, that intricate, prodigious piece of nature, in expert hands yielded a remarkable return. On them we were independent of supply for six weeks, if each man had a half-bag of flour, forty-five pounds in weight, slung on his riding saddle. 
Of water we would not want to carry more than a pint each. The camels must drink, and there was no gain in making ourselves richer than our mounts. Some of us never drank between wells, but those were hardy men: most drank fully at each well, and carried a drink for an intermediate dry day. In summer the camels would do about two hundred and fifty miles after a watering; a three days’ vigorous march. An easy stage was fifty miles: eighty was good: in an emergency we might do one hundred and ten miles in the the twenty-four hours: twice the Ghazala, our greatest camel, did one hundred and forty-three alone with me. Wells were seldom a hundred miles apart, so the pint reserve was latitude enough. 
T.E. Lawrence in Seven Pillars of Wisdom 
Photo shows Ghazala with her foal. 

The necessary speed and range for distant war we would attain through the frugality of the desert men, and their efficiency on camels. The camel, that intricate, prodigious piece of nature, in expert hands yielded a remarkable return. On them we were independent of supply for six weeks, if each man had a half-bag of flour, forty-five pounds in weight, slung on his riding saddle. 

Of water we would not want to carry more than a pint each. The camels must drink, and there was no gain in making ourselves richer than our mounts. Some of us never drank between wells, but those were hardy men: most drank fully at each well, and carried a drink for an intermediate dry day. In summer the camels would do about two hundred and fifty miles after a watering; a three days’ vigorous march. An easy stage was fifty miles: eighty was good: in an emergency we might do one hundred and ten miles in the the twenty-four hours: twice the Ghazala, our greatest camel, did one hundred and forty-three alone with me. Wells were seldom a hundred miles apart, so the pint reserve was latitude enough. 

T.E. Lawrence in Seven Pillars of Wisdom 

Photo shows Ghazala with her foal. 

An episode of the British TV series One Foot in the Past where actor Ralph Fiennes (who played T.E. Lawrence in the film A Dangerous Man) visits T.E. Lawrence’s cottage, Clouds Hill. Thank you user 267198!

Russian tumblr user Azee (http://asenathsavoy.tumblr.com/) sent these pictures of her amazing motorcycle (a ‘99 Honda X4) with custom T.E. Lawrence airbrushed artwork! It was modeled after Augustus John’s pencil drawing of Lawrence made in 1919. Incredible! I love the Seven Pillars sabers on the side as well.