World War I is Still Killing People

19 Mar

Two Belgian construction workers in Ypres were killed and two more were wounded when a shell from World War I detonated.

This August marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. The region around Ypres was heavily contested throughout the four years of warfare, including the incredibly savage Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. The poem “In Flanders Fields” was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae after the second Battle of Ypres in 1915. 

The world had never seen war like this and World War I marked the end of Old Europe.

100 years later the lost weapons of a bygone world are still being unearthed, and still claiming lives. Families and friends are still given cause to mourn.

“Every year the battlefields in western Belgium throw up hundreds of armaments from the Great War, and most are destroyed without incident by a special Belgian army bomb squad. In a nearby city, the army was completing the destruction of over 800 gas canisters.”

Every year.

I am fascinated by World War I. To be sure, it is a grim fascination.

The story can be found here.

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