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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