Thursday, July 20, 2006

August, 1914

And no one really knew what the war would be like. There had not been a general European war for ninety-nine years; there had not been any wars between European powers for almost half a century. Professional soldiers were well aware that weaponry had been revolutionized in that time, and that armies had vastly increased their firepower, but they weren’t sure what effect this would have on the battlefield or what tactics they should adopt. They would find out the hard way.

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