The First Casualty is Truth

Thoughts on War and Insanity…

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This, you may have noticed, is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. I think generally, so far, it has been handled quite well. After fifty years of denigrating those who wanted to celebrate the fallen in two world wars, even the BBC decided to get on message.

I have always had an especial interest in the wars. The day on which the dead and injured are supposed to be remembered happens to be my birthday. From a very early age I was aware of and studied warfare, particularly the Great War. Not from any ghoulishness, but because I felt very strongly, and still do, that it was such an important forge of English and British nationhood.

Britain and France stood alone in the Great War for so long. If it were not for the British Navy preventing the Germans from leaving port, it is quite likely that the…

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4 thoughts on “The First Casualty is Truth

  1. The Centenary of WW1 is being marked wonderfully at the Tower of London. They’re gradually surrounding the place with ceramic poppies. Stupendous sight. I’ve bought a poppy. Anyone can. Just google.

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