Today's armies are still fighting World War I

The 'Great War' left its mark not only in tech and doctrines, but also in law and medicine

A hundred years ago yesterday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I in Europe ended. It had cost tens of millions of lives, utterly destroyed the existing political order, and paved the way for the rise of fascism and a repeat performance of global conflict in the form of World War II.

Barbara Tuchman, in her peerless book on the outbreak of the war, The Guns Of August, said: "Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general." 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2018, with the headline 'Today's armies are still fighting World War I'. Print Edition | Subscribe