Simon Batten, History teacher at Bloxham School, spoke to Club on 2 Nov 18 about Remembering the Great War.
He examined some of the misconceptions which surround this formative event in our national history.
Among the myths he addressed were slaughter, sacrifice and futility. He quoted that 89% of those who served actually survived. He also described how new tactics and war fighting machinery evolved throughout the war, and that these ultimately led to victory. Although a terrible human tragedy, it was not pointless for those who fought in it, nor was it uniquely bloody in world or British history.