I’m cross posting a OP from a thread I started somewhere else.
90 years ago the world changed. Europe started a conflict that would change the shape of Europe and the world forever. The nature of warfare changed and the true nature of the cruelty of modern warfare was confronted by the world although the Americans already knew about this due to their Civil War.
A generation of men were destroyed along with their families and dreams. Countries ceased to be and the countries that survived were changed forever.
A German general said at Versailles that this wasn’t the end, it was a 20 year ceasefire. How right he was.
900,000 Britons died, a lot from my country as they too were British in those days. The way these men were just thrown at hot metal was shocking. The treatment of shock victim was also shameful. Men who had survived shelling only to have their minds destroyed by the trauma were tied to posts and shot for cowardice.
Pals regiments were set up that led to whole towns and villages losing all their young men in one day at places like Verdun, The Somme, Gallipoli and many more.
BY Wilfred Owen whose parents were celebrating Armistice when they were informed that their son had died seven days before.
Yesterday four men represented all the dead. 23 veterans are left but only four could make the trip.
The last survivors