Do you have room for a Somme tag?
WWI was the first war that industrialized death. No war had as much impact on the popular conception of war as that, at least in Europe.
yet they let it all happen again, and worse, 20 years later
A lot of that was revenge, and exploitation of that by Germany. And a lot of what led to WW2 was fear of another, similar war by politicians who couldn't conceive of leading their countries into another war. WW2 was much worse for civilians, but you can see it as one continuous conflict with a 20 year gap.
But WWI was the thing that made clear, "literally millions of men will die for no reason."
See also: The Groundhogs, Thank Christ For The Bomb.
It's creepy reading the end of Mark Twain's "Connecticut Yankee" because he was a war nerd, and the ending of that book predicted a "technological war" having trenches, bombs, and machine guns that could could an entire army in an afternoon by just shooting anyone who steps into No Mans Land.
The good 'ol US of A learned this lesson 50 years earlier with the civil war, the world's first instance of industrialized total war.
Always 5 stars for Motörhead
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