February 21st, 2007

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Bloody hell

Many historians have noted that the 20th century didn't really start until WWI, which killed off the nineteenth century, especially its type of war, quite decisively. Today's feature picture on Wikipedia has a note with it that gives an idea what kind of awful shock it was:

A Cheshire Regiment sentry in a trench near La Boisselle during the Battle of the Somme. The battle is best remembered for its first day, 1 July 1916, on which the British Army suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead. With more than one million casualties over five months, it was one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Allied forces attempted to break through the German lines along a 25-mile (40 km) front north and south of the River Somme.

Those numbers..........

Read more about the Battle of the Somme.
Metro Girl

It would help if you kept your line free!

Sorry, gotta vent:

Got a voicemail message yesterday from somebody I really need to talk to. By the time I got the message, however, it was after business hours. This morning I called soon after 9 a.m., but got voicemail. I said to call me back at home, or call my mobile after 10. Well, between 9 and 10 I took a shower, with my home phone in the bathroom, and of course they call my mobile! I called again later and left a message. Since then I've called 7-8 times but it keeps going to voicemail! I wish I had this person's email, it's driving me nuts! Phone tag is The Evil.
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