Flemish Fields 1917

37 million civilians and military died during the first World War or as it also was called the Great War. There were 20 million wounded! Those numbers are incredible, unbelievable.
As a direct result of the fighting, an additional 30 millions of people died because of hunger and disease.

In this war, one battle was worse then any of the many battles during the first World War. It’s the battle of indescribable butchery and also called the Flemish fields.
It started with the attack of the allies on the trenches of the Germans in Belgium. The battle started good. After 15 days of heavy artillery, allied tanks moved to the German side, followed by the infantry.
That continued, until it began to rain and everything turned into mud. The attack halted. The attacking army was shot in pieces, literally.

The ground was totally covered with the bodies of dead, dying and wounded.

The allies decided to restart the attacks without mercy for their own as the German army. The soldiers were forced to climb on mountains of bodies of their comrades in order to reach the end, to be killed by the waiting German army and helped to grow the mountains of dead bodies.

At the end, the allies managed to reach their destination and the German positions were destroyed. But the price in human lives was incredible.

Can you imagine, to climb over mountains of dead, torn apart bodies, miles after miles, seemingly never ending. You can’t see the ground, there are layers of bodies and body parts.
The diseases from the death caused again death and destruction. It caused tens of millions of death.
There was feminine, hunger for everyone in Europe. The war demanded millions of men, and the armies took the workers to fight for them. There were not enough farmers and other people to produce food! Hunger ruled. Hunger killed too.
Anarchy, revolution, uprising, brutally suppressed and more death.

A truly dark time in the history of humanity.

Twenty years later it was repeated again. This time the weapon technologies were improved and caused more death.

The Flemish fields were soon forgotten. The slaughter of tens of millions were overshadowed by the second World War with sixty millions of death. That was soon overshadowed with the slaughter of Stalin with his 25-60 millions of dead Russian citizens. Then came the threat of the mass destruction weapons, the nuclear weapons.

That threat of mass destruction was so terrible, that it would mean self destruction of a superpower would start a war. Only because of fear of utterly destruction, it disabled a third World War.

Not because of the Flemish Fields, not because of the more then hundred million death since the first World War.

Did we learn our lessons?

Human species are still not evolved enough.
Religion was in the not so distance past the reason of slaughter.
Kings, Emperors and blue blood were the next responsible for the slaughter of WW1.
Dictatorship was responsible for the next slaughter of WW2.
Curious who or what’s responsible for the WW3?


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