Saturday, April 5, 2014

Churchill on the First World War:

“No part of the Great War compares in interest with its opening. The measured, silent drawing together of gigantic forces, the uncertainty of their movements and positions, the number of unknown and unknowable facts made the first collision a drama never surpassed.”


  1. Yes. Have you ever read "August 1914"? The sense of impending disaster begins with the title.

    1. I haven't read that. I've read John Keegan's THE FIRST WORLD WAR a couple times. But it's mostly a dry rendering of facts, rather than an unfolding of spiritual stupefaction. It does, though, project a sense of implacable, irreversible idiocy leading up to the first clashes and beyond.