Lest We Forget.
11am, 11 November, 1918, the guns fell silent on the western front of WW1. The so called "War to end all wars" was over. The bloodiest, most futile waste of Human life created by man himself.
Picture yourself digging a hole in your backyard, your neighbour does the same. Now sit there and rot for 6 months while you throw grenades and artillery at each other. You die on day one, but all of your friends take your place. Sometimes you get in their hole, sometimes they get in yours, at the end of 6 months, you and 30,000 of your mates are dead, your neighbour had more friends, so he lost 50,000. All in the size of a tennis court, all for nothing. Just blood for the soil.
That was what trench warfare was in the First World War. 100,000 dead in a day was not uncommon. Wave after wave of boys were thrown at machine guns, cut down like grass. Hour after hour, day after day, week after week. Hundreds of thousands then millions of them of them killed for no ground advantage, nothing gained.
No one really knows how many died in WW1. Its around 25 million men in uniform, perhaps 60 million civilians. All for nothing, not one single thing was gained. We were all at it again in 1939.
"They gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed, and the shipped us back home to Australia, the legless the armless the blind and insane, those proud wounded heroes of Suvla."