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The German trenches at Vimy Ridge from World War I, now part of a Canadian war memorial. The trenches are curved so attacking soldiers can't get a straight shot. These were about 25 meters away from the allied trenches and really were a grim illustration of the terror of war.
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+A. Ryan Robbins Yes, it was a well done memorial and museum. Pretty depressing, mostly. Living in Europe gives me a better sense of how immediate the world wars were. Makes the EU achievements look a lot more notable, as flawed as they may be.
 
I read John Keegan's history of the war a year or back. WW ii had its own horrors if course but WWI probably took the cake in sheer pointlessness. I don't think I realized that the armistice was signed when Germany basically ran out of men who could fight. 
 
Something I didn't know about WWI is that the Spanish flu played a large part. People were just to sick and the death rate was terrible. It affected who could fight.
 
+A. Ryan Robbins World War I and II are never really far away in France, England, and Germany. It left quite a mark, as you can imagine.
 
On that, I've no doubt +Stephen Shankland living in Canada we have some reminders, and family members served, but it would be no where near the same as over in Europe I'm sure.
 
+A. Ryan Robbins Pretty much every French village or town has at least WWI memorial, it seems to me. Then again we don't get out to Provence much.
 
I bet they do +Stephen Shankland my High School was so old, it had a WWI memorial on its front lawn to those graduates who lost their lives in the war. A few years later they added names for graduates from WWII to it. It was far too few years later.
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