100 Years of War …

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This year 2014 sees us commemorating the centenary of the start of one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. During the First World War (1914 – 1918) over 37 million soldiers were either killed, wounded or posted as missing in action. We must never forget them and the sacrifices they made.

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I was born in November 1951 just 33 years after it ended. By this time of course we had been through an even more destructive Second World War (1939 – 1945) which saw a further 73 million casualties.

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In 1951 itself the Korean War (1950 – 1953) was in full swing and 1.5 million soldiers were either killed, wounded or posted as missing in action. In addition to this an estimated 2.5 million civilians lost their lives in the fighting.

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And today there are major conflicts (1000+ deaths per year) going on in Gaza (1948 – present), Afghanistan (1978 – present), Somalia (1991 – present), Nigeria (1991 – present), North-West Pakistan (2004 – present), Egypt (2011 – present), Syria (2011 – present), South Sudan (2011 – present) and Central African Republic (2012 – present).

Gaza - 2014 When will we ever learn ... ?

Gaza – 2014
When will we ever learn … ?

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One response to “100 Years of War …

  1. Your piece on 100 years of war was very thought provoking. I have a request. I live in a small rural community in Australia and a local group is compiling a book about the soldiers from this district who died in World War 1. We love the image of the soldier in the poppy field and would like to use it in our book. Would you be able to tell me how to access a high resolution copy and if there is a copyright attached to it? Cost if you happen to know too.
    Thanks in anticipation and well done on your article.
    Sue

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