Lest we forget the 60,000 British soldiers injured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 20,000 of whom died. We can't comprehend these days that amount of fatalities in just one day.
This is something I'm writing about currently in 'Red Poppies'. Reading personal accounts from the men themselves and watching documentaries where family members describe what happened to their fathers, husbands and sons, brings it all home.
"Adele’s father, the eminent Doctor Mansell Owen, shook his head sadly and announced, “This should be the war to end all wars. Germany and Austria-Hungary took a gamble that went badly wrong. 1914 saw a premeditated war of combat and conquest. It’s a conflict they thought would be sorted out by now, but instead it’s taken a savage loss of life...” Red Poppies - Lynette Rees.