|Image Source: Brooklyn Eagle in July 1914|
Today marks 100 years since Great Britain declared war on Germany.
'The Great War', sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, was perhaps the inevitable outcome of a series of alliances and treaties.
The war claimed approximately sixteen million lives, and a further twenty million were wounded. It also set in motion events that would change the social and political landscape of Great Britain for ever. Sadly despite being called 'the war to end all wars' human kind does not appear to have learned it's lessons.
Princip fired twice
and the couple died.
treaties, alliances kicked in,
allies fell in.
Men fell in,
to the mud,
the war supposed to end all war.
women stepped up.
and on the fronts
their loved ones - killed.
In a war supposed to end all war.
John Carré Buchanan
03 August 2014