We stood in silence this week remembering those who died in World War 1, but probably not dwelling much on the appalling human price so many paid – being shot, blown up, run down, caught by a grenade, or bayoneted.
|Who pays for war? ... Very grim reminders of the human cost of war are shown on historian Richard Jones' website.|
One man certainly did and the conscience of London historian and tour guide Richard Jones inspired him to do much more than wish we all could somehow know or experience the horror of it.
The real charge
Society stood silent for two minutes to recall a courageous side to war, on both Sunday and Monday for many of us.
But it seems that Richard Jones realised that we should be reminded of, or made aware of, much more than the notion of a victorious band of uniforms charging an enemy post.
His well-recommended Richard Jones' walking tours site carried the link to his YouTube five-minute reminder of the price the common man pays when politicians resort to war to resolve national disputes.
Yes, nations borrow huge wads of cash, but the true price – the costliest charge – is in human life.
Richard reminds us that military and civilian casualties in World War I numbered about 40 million. Between 15 and 19 million humans died, Wikipedia reports.
Between nine and 11 million were in uniform.
About 23 million military personnel were wounded.
And the cost in money? An estimated $208 billion, reports the National Archives, causing the greatest global depression of the 20th century.
Richard's five-minute prod to memory is well worth watching, a reminder, I suggest, we should all be aware of, particularly as our own hotheads do their utmost to split up Europe.
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Richard's reminder of the monstrous price of war
The National Archives
Wikipedia: World War 1 cost in life