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By Mike Chappell

Osprey's exam of the British Guards in the course of global conflict I (1914-1918) and international battle II (1939-1945). the simplest instance, and maybe the one physique of elite troops who've maintained their function as guardians of a royal family for over 3 centuries whereas construction a name in battle that's the envy of all, is Britain's family troops, the Guards. through the years they've got maintained the top criteria in peace and struggle, and feature served for example to the remainder of the British military, a benchmark in all issues army from drill and 'turnout' to management in conflict. Veteran Osprey writer Mike Chappell describes the background and uniform of the Guards Divisions from 1914-45.

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Pages cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-4000-6855-5 eBook ISBN 978-0-8129-9470-4 1. World War, 1914–1918—Causes. I. Title. com Web assets: Excerpted from The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan, copyright © 2013 by Margaret MacMillan. , New York. 1_r3 There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always wars and plagues take people equally by surprise. —ALBERT CAMUS, The Plague Nothing that ever happened, nothing that was ever even willed, planned or envisaged, could seem irrelevant.

Yet how easily and how suddenly Europe went from peace to war in those five weeks after the assassination of the archduke. During previous crises, some as bad as the one of 1914, Europe had not gone over the edge. Its leaders—and large parts of their people had supported them—had chosen to work matters out and to preserve the peace. What made 1914 different? LET US START by imagining a landscape with people walking through it. The ground, the vegetation, the hills, the streams, these are all Europe’s key components, from economies to social structures, while the breezes are the currents of thought that were shaping European views and opinions.

Images of thunderstorms about to break, dams about to burst, avalanches ready to slide, these were quite common in the literature of the time. On the other hand, they had, many of them, leaders and ordinary citizens alike, a confidence that they could deal with the threats of conflict and build better and stronger international institutions to settle disputes peaceably and make war obsolete. Perhaps the last golden years of prewar Europe are largely a construct of later generations, but even at the time the literature also had images of the rays of sunlight spreading across the world and humanity marching towards a more prosperous and happy future.

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