In three days, Nov. 11, 2018, at 11 a.m., the world will be observing the centennial to the end of “The War to End All Wars.” Though there are no living veterans of this four-year nightmare, we will pause to remember those who lived and died, as well as our current veterans and military.
Up to Nov. 11, 1918, never had there been such massive bloodshed on so grand a scale, involving both military and civilians. There are many reasons for this; it was the first time chemical weapons were deployed on such a wide scale. Airplanes and airships were first used militarily. Tanks, submarines and other mechanized vehicles were also first deployed in widespread use. Finally, long-range artillery and trench warfare became essential to battle. These combined to cause casualties on a level never dreamed of before.