Five lessons to remember (never to forget) of the Great War, 1914-1918. 2 of 2: Michel Viahos. @JHUWorld Crisis.

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(Photo:Trenches of the 11th Cheshire Regiment at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, on the Somme, July 1916

John Warwick Brooke - This is photograph Q 3990 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 1900-13)

A German trench occupied by British Soldiers near the Albert-Bapaume road at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The men are from A Company, 11th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment.

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Five lessons to remember (never to forget) of the Great War, 1914-1918. 2 of 2: Michel Viahos. @JHUWorld Crisis.

4.  Once fatefully enjoined, modern war — big war, general war — always takes you to a place that your pathetic prewar imagination could never imagine. War always takes you somewhere so terrible that you start pinching yourself: How could this have happened? How could it get so bad?

5.  The unintended, wholly surprising, even shocking transformation of men in such war. I call it the Ernst Junger effect. As he wrote in the greatest war memoir of all time: "Bravery, fearless risking of one's own life, is always inspiring. We too found ourselves picked up by this wild fury, and scrabbling around to grab a few hand grenades, rushed to form part of this berserker's progress.