Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day

More than 9 million soldiers died in the Great War. Scaled up to today's population, that would be more than 30 million soldiers today.

"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 enable victories to be won without the sacrifice of men's lives. The nation must be prepared to see heavy casualty lists."

- Written by Haig in June 1916 before the Battle of the Somme began


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