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    • Rick
    • 24.07.06 | 13:39 (IDT)

    Maybe modern wars are hard - but on 1st July 1916 Britain lost 19.000 dead and 55.000 wounded on the first day of The Somme Offensive. Such a loss today would wipe out the British Army in one day. We take the losses we have to take to survive by beating the foe. Historians (and their counterpart journalists) always have a better way............but noone would have believed fighting Hitler would cost 38 million dead Europeans or 11% Germany's population. The choice was not there even though offers of ceasefire were broached in 1942 and refused by the Anglo-Americans. The point is that yesterday's casualties always seem a price worth paying and today's too high a price. The weeping mothers of yesteryear and their daughters-in-law are mostly dead now, but their tears were real and their suffering too - just because it seems so 'black and white' in every sense to the modern generations does not mean it was not vivid, searing, and red back then - nor that people did not feel fury

    from the article: Not dying in vain
    First published 00:00 24.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 24.07.06
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