History of War

IS THERE EVER A ‘GOOD WAR’?

It is only possible to pretend that one war is good until the next war comes along. I still treasure my great uncle’s 1914-1918 medal (he was at Jutland) inscribed with the words, “The Great War for Civilisation”. In more elevated moments, those who survived it liked to dignify the Flanders slaughter as ‘The war to end war’. After all, if it really had ended war, then it might just have been worth it.

But how quickly all that came apart. As a child, I used to love the terse, graphic stories of ‘Gun Buster’ about the British Expeditionary Force’s retreat to Dunkirk. This

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from History of War

History of War2 min readPolitics
Mr Jones
Director: Agnieszka Holland Starring: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard Released: Out now “Global economic collapse … Meanwhile, the Soviets are having a spending spree. How? Where is the money coming from? How is Stalin paying for it all
History of War4 min read
Legends Of The Sengoku
Born the son of a farmer and part-time soldier in a backwater village, Hideyoshi left home in his mid-teens, eventually joining the ranks of the up-and-coming warlord, Oda Nobunaga, in 1558. Originally serving as Nobunaga’s sandal bearer, he rose thr
History of War1 min readPolitics
War In Focus
US Marines take up position while fighting near the city of Kut, during the coalition invasion of Iraq. Kut, in the east of the country, was the scene of fierce fighting during the Iraq War, code named Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was previously the s