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Battle of the Somme

A Century of Mass Slaughter

William Astore | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
William Astore

This August marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. That "Great War" was many things, but it was most certainly a war of machines, of dreadnought battleships and "Big Bertha" artillery, of newfangled airplanes and tortoise-like tanks.

Veterans Day, 95 Years On

Adam Hochschild | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Adam Hochschild

As the years have passed, one point that has come to symbolize the illusions, the destructiveness, the hubris, the needless deaths of the entire war -- and of other wars since then -- has been the first day of the Battle of the Somme.