Remember 1915

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It seems like celebrating 70th anniversaries has become very popular recently, and the hoo-hah around VE Day is no exception.

Carefully forgotten is the 100th anniversary of 1915, the second year of the First World War, which most British (and French) military historians and politicians would rather forget.

By August 1915 some 60,000 troops of the British Expeditionary Force were casualties (about 35 percent), while France had lost a staggering 1 million men!

And that’s not to mention the unmitigated disaster on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula.

Small wonder that the establishment ideologues would want to minimise any coverage of the not-so-Great War at this moment in time.