Lest we forget the lessons

On August 4, exactly 100 years ago on the other side of the world, King George V wrote this in his bedtime diary: “I held a Council at 10:45 to declare war with Germany. It is a terrible catastrophe but it is not our fault. An enormous crowd collected outside the Palace; we went on to the balcony both before and after dinner. When they heard that war had been declared… the cheering was terrific. Please God may it soon be over and that he will protect dear Bertie’s life [who was serving with the Royal Navy]. Bed at 12.00.” The British parliament had made a decision to go to war with Germany that ultimately led the world into what we now call the Great War, otherwise known as World War I. If y

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