The Great War ended on 11 November 1918. It was to have been the war that ended war, but the Treaty of Versailles laid the groundwork for the Second World War.
The Great War saw the start of brutal truth in poetry: Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen wrote poems of terrible, brutal honesty. Sassoon was born in 1886 and died in 1967, but Owen was born in 1893 and died on the western Front just one week before the Armistice. He was 25.
A century later, it is worth remembering what Owen wrote.
Anthem for Doomed Youth
And even more shattering:
Dulce et Decorum Est
(a reference to the Latin phrase Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, which means “It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country” )