Fight On, the Cry from All Sides.
Only Lone Voices in Opposition.
Special to The Great War Project
(24-26 March) Stalemate and deadlock still prevail on the Western Front in northern France and Belgium.
Elsewhere, defeat after defeat, slaughter after slaughter on both sides only steels the determination to fight on. Writes historian Martin Gilbert: “In Petrograd and Vienna, in Paris, London and Berlin, the drums of patriotism beat all the more loudly as the stalemate and bloodshed of the battlefield intensified.”
Despite the miscalculations, and poor communications, and terrible intelligence that lead to nothing but disaster, there is still no push to end the war.
In fact the war is fueling the desire of all belligerents to gobble up more territory and more power.
On this same day a century ago, a senior British official submits a memorandum to the British War Council.
It’s titled with unusual candor: “The Spoils.”