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The “Great War,” as World War I was called before a second conflict proved even greater in carnage, erupted 100 years ago this summer. By the time an armistice halted the fighting on “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918, more than 65 million had been drawn into the war. The first “modern” war, fought in trenches and with tanks, in the skies and with poison gas, claimed more than 16 million military and civilian lives and left some 21 million others wounded. For Britain’s “lost generation,” the war was the defining event of the age. That “lost” label is not merely metaphorical: According to one estimate, more than 30 percent of all British men aged 20 to 24 in 1914 were killed, and 28 percent of those aged 13 to 19.