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About the battle of the Somme before it began June 1916

“The nation must be taught to bear losses. No amount of skill on the part of the higher commanders, no training, however good, on the part of the officers and men, no superiority of arms and ammunition, however great, will … Continue reading

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The price of naivety: Verdun 1916

The Bismarckian precept that two-front wars are disastrous shaped his foreign policy. He created a gigantic balance-of-power, which kept European peace from the formation of Germany in 1871 until 1914. Needless to relate 43 years of peace wasn’t a blessing … Continue reading

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1 July 1916: a sobering fact

When the British launched their attack on the first day of the battle of the Somme they lost 19,240 dead. This is the equivalent of six 9/11 massacres. Unlike 9/11 this wasn’t a one off, the battle lasted until mid- … Continue reading

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