I agree with you totally regarding the brave patriotic men on the left.A poignant historical photo of King George V inspecting new recruits, soon to be sent to the western front in World War 1.
At the far right is Field Marshall Horatio Kitchener famously from the ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster.
We should always remember the bravery and sacrifice of these men.
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I used to have the same view as you, word for word to be fair.I visited the Somme battlefields last year and it’s a sobering experience , also an eye opener so I have changed my opinion on the military leadership somewhat. What happened on the first day of the Somme was horrific but as with most events it was a number of contributing factors.I agree with you totally regarding the brave patriotic men on the left.
However, the outright stupidity and callousness of the men on the right is unbelievable. Sending wave after wave of men over the top of trenches into machine gun fire only to be mown down, it’s just staggering. Showing a total disregard for men of a different class, not to mention the poor bereaved families.
If these entitled top brass were so intelligent they should have learnt from the first mistake and developed a better technique quicker. How come it took so long to either go over, under or come up with armour ( tanks) or longer range weapons or go around the back of the enemy or any number of possibilities.
But no, just send more and more to their certain deaths and eventually some will get through. It was so unintelligent.
There will always be casualties and mistakes in war, it was obviously good that the war was won. Sacrifices have to be made but gigantic repeated mistakes by dumb entitled idiots really gets my goat. As you can probably tell.
Lets hope it doesn’t kick off in Ukraine.