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November 11, 2018: the 100th Anniversary of "the War to End All Wars"

Soldier's comrades watching him as he sleeps, Thievpal, France, during World War I.
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November 11, 2018: the 100th Anniversary of "the War to End All Wars"

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice when ened World War I. The United States entered the war in the summer of that same year, but, the conflict had an effect the country, and South Carolina, long before then.

More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war (including the victims of a number of genocides), a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and the tactical stalemate caused by grueling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, and paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.

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