World War II Begins

Eighty years ago, on September 1, 1939, World War II began with the German attack on Poland.  I told the story of World Wars I & II in my post titled “War and Madness.”  Now, on the 80th anniversary of that event, I am publishing more details on World War II’s beginning. After World War […]

The Bloodiest Day

In the years leading up to World War I, French military thinkers had wavered back and forth over the best strategy and tactics to employ in the forthcoming struggle with Germany.  Most of them were not pushing for conflct, but there was a general feeling that war was inevitable. In 1870-71 France had lost a […]

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory was a powerful anti-war motion picture made in 1957.  It depicts the horrors of trench warfare in World War I, and it illustrates the dehumanizing effects of warfare.  The story describes the travails of members of a French battalion on the front line during the third year of the Great War.  The […]