There’s an enduring image from the First World War that you’ve probably seen.
The footage depicts the moment of highest drama we associate with the conflict that ended 100 years ago this fall, of a group of soldiers going over the top of a trench, and crossing the blasted wastes of no man’s land. As they slowly pick their way across a landscape strewn with barbed wire, they disappear into the mist one by one, their fates unknown.
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