The Aisle Seat: “1917"’s Every War

By 1917, World War I in Western Europe remained stalled in a three-year-long bog of orgiastic slaughter, with millions of casualties sustained in battles over, in some cases, mere feet of ground. The year before, 1916, had seen the worst carnage, at the battles of the Somme and Verdun. Nineteen seventeen promised more of the same and it delivered.