On November 11, 2018 the world will celebrate the end of World War 1. It began in the summer of 1914 when a Serbian terrorist shot and murdered Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. Within a month,the powerhouses of Britain, France, Russia, and Germany were at each other’s throats. America joined the slaughter in 1917.
The war lasted four years and was fought in the Alps, East Africa, Iraq, and Flanders’ fields. It brought to the world the horror of machine guns, barbed wire, aerial bombing, poison gas, tanks, 24 hour round the clock fighting in trench warfare, the genocide of the Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians at the hands of the Turks, and some 20 million deaths worldwide. The war also brought about the Russian Revolution, the demise of the Czarist Russian Empire, and the formation of an infinitely more oppressive and bloodthirsty communist Soviet Empire. The theory of Marxism was finally put into practice in Russia for the first time because of World War 1.
Supposedly it was “the war to end all wars”, and the war “to keep the world safe for democracy”. But the Treaty of Versailles only blamed Germany for everything and drove that nation into economic and moral despair. World War 1 veteran Adolf Hitler marched into that void in Germany’s heart and led that nation (and the world) into an even worse bloodbath.
World War 1 Ended 100 years ago this year. The unintended consequences of that war continued to reach out and touch entire nations for generations long after the guns fell silent that November day.