Casualties

3rd Gaza 43,000 Combined Casualties
Somme Offensive Approximately 1.1 Million Combined Casualties
Hundred Days Offensive, 1918 2.1 Million Combined Casualties
Newtown, Connecticut 26 Casualties, 20 of which were Children

While I do not normally like to quote such a man this appears to be appropriate.
One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic. – Joseph Stalin

History has often turned events and losses into a statistic. Each loss in The Great War was someone’s son, brother or husband. As a student of The Great War, I have often found the casualties to be mind numbing. Even successful campaigns had high casualties for both sides. Regiments and brigades were often eaten up in a single campaign, only to be rotated out to be relieved and refitted.

Yet in comparison, one morning in rural Connecticut, Americans received a loss felt by families, communities and the nation as a whole. All families received a loss today, not just those in Newtown. It is important for all to remember these losses as individuals and not a statistic.

I only wish we could make sense of what happened. And please keep all of politics out of this. (I know I am asking a lot.)

Take the time to think of these children, adults and families.

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