Monday August 4th 2014 Tim
This is the day, one hundred years ago, when Britain
entered the European Crisis by declaring war on Germany following
Germany's unsatisfactory response to a British Ultimatum that Belgium
should remain neutral. On the Western Front following the First Battle
of Ypres in October and November of 1914, the German General Von
Falkenhayn, realized the stalemate, and told his masters that the only
solution to stalemate would be a diplomatic solution. His
prescience was ignored, because leaders are usually testosterone driven
Dickheads with the attention span of Fruit Fly.
became a war of attrition on the Western Front, and it was
really a question of who had more men to send to their
deaths in the trenches while maintaining sufficient
stability at home, which Germany was unable to do, and it
was this failure that resulted in an Armistice of 1918.
The British Army remained a volunteer force until January of
1916. By the end of the war the age of conscription in
Britain had been raised to 51, the average age of a
battalion commander was 28, a Pilot in the Royal Flying
Corps while at the Front had an average life
expectancy of around two weeks.