Monthly Archives: July 2016

THE RANDOMNESS OF DEATH

The Ugly Aftermath of Battle, for Victor and Vanquished Alike. “German, Austrian, Russian, Lay There at Peace, in a ‘Brothers’ Grave.” Special to The Great War Project. (13-16 July) The murderous fighting at the Somme continues, bringing with it the randomness of death. Many soldiers write home with tragic stories about the randomness of death.…

HAIG RAGES: OUR LOSSES ARE TOO LOW

British Commander Reasons, High Losses Bring Victory, Means Equal Losses for the Germans. Special to The Great War Project (9-12 July) The blood-letting on the Western Front at the Somme shows no sign of ending. Although the British five-day artillery bombardment does cut through some of the German barbed wire defenses, it is not so…

A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH

Slaughter at the Somme Incomprehensible. A Vision of Hell; The Sorrow of the Poet’s Song. Special to The Great War Project (2-5 July) The scale of the slaughter on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st a century ago, is now becoming sadly clear. It is nothing less than horrific. “The human…