One of Britain’s celebrated war historians, Max Hastings, writes a fascinating masterpiece that retells the human stories behind the horrors of World War I – the book set to mark WWI’s 100th year this coming 2014.
Hastings’ Book wrote about how the World War I was a dark part of the history best remembered for the terrors associated with fighting from the trenches, atrocious assaults that killed enemies and allies alike in one blow and troops with bayonets going over the top to die dauntlessly with old-fashioned machine guns firing in the background and of course, the barbed wire fences.
However, the author had clearly pointed out that before the war ended impasse, its beginning was actually full of the hullabaloo as the warring countries descend into battle like battling roosters hackles ready to fight. The French, German, Belgian and British armies all marched to war – most on foot and some mounted on grand horses – amidst an array of colors and movement.
But as the war progressed, there were as much deaths attributed to the many diseases brought about by the horrendous states of the trenches the soldiers were in, not to mention the foul smell of dead bodies scattered everywhere; and to hunger as much as the number of deaths caused by the enemy’s blows.
And no matter which side won and which lost, WWI was indisputably a catastrophe for Europe.