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The First World War was where the 19th and 20th centuries met, and the image posted above sums it up nicely. The German cavalryman sits atop a beautiful steed, he wears a pair of elegant riding boots and carries a lance; his shiny breastplate and sword have been replaced with two elements created by the world of industrialized warfare: a steel helmet and a gas-mask. He appears to resemble a soldier who would prefer to believe that machine guns and high explosive artillery shells don't exist, but just in case he brought along this other stuff.

Attached is a column by the admired British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (1881 - 1931) concerning those distinct elements of the First World War that combined to make it something unique in the history of the world.

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A War Like No Other  (Hearst's Sunday  American, 1917)

A War Like No Other  (Hearst's Sunday  American, 1917)

A War Like No Other  (Hearst's Sunday  American, 1917)

A War Like No Other  (Hearst's Sunday  American, 1917)

A War Like No Other  (Hearst's Sunday  American, 1917)

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