Why does World War I still resonate?

Machine Gunner from the NC 30th Division

I wrote earlier about why World War I has captured and held my interest for so many years.  I just read a New York Times editorial piece by British novelist William Boyd about how World War I is more popular than ever, with films like War Horse and TV programs like Downton Abbey.  He describes the war as “a conflict between 19th century armies equipped with 20th century weapons,” which led to devastating casualty rates.

It’s a very good read and I recommend it: Why World War I Resonates


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