war to end all wars

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war to end all wars

1. A war that will be of such huge scale and have such a large impact on the world as to end the need for any other wars in the future. If it ever comes to using nuclear warheads against them, it will truly be a war to end all wars—there won't be any world left to fight another one.
2. A name commonly given to the First World War. My great-grandfather was on the front lines of what was called the war to end all wars, only to see his son march into the fray in a second world war twenty years later.
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a war to end all wars

a war, especially the First World War, regarded as making subsequent wars unnecessary.
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Notre-Dame de Lorette, although an upsetting sight, gives a true view of the vast fallout of WW1 and how many soldiers lost their lives.
Thus in 1914 the British Indian Army was able to mobilise and expand with more than 1.27 million men serving overseas in WW1. Seven large expeditionary forces lettered A to G were dispatched overseas.
The theatre's WW1 Hippodrome Projects are supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Sir Robert Gooch Charitable Trust.
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The interests of those on the voyage included nursing, nursing history, military nursing, and family connections with people involved or who had died in World War 1 (WW1).
Visitors saw a recreation of a WW1 office, including a Staffordshire Regiment WW1 recruitment stand and medical station demonstrations, as well as an historic fashion show.
Commemorating the Great War in a digital age, The Face of WW1 was created by combining 20,000 images of the faces of audience members who attended live events as part of the World War One At Home project.
workshop with a WW1 soldier teaching them about life in the trenches.
I HAVE been reading with great interest your WW1 supplements, particularly the articles on the Liverpool hospitals who tended the wounded.
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The film will also focus on Tolkien's time at Oxford University, as a soldier during WW1 and his friendship with fellow author CS Lewis, with whom he studied at university and formed the writing group known as The Inklings.
The King's Troop routine is noted for its ear-splitting finale - a volley of fire from its WW1 guns.