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The Guardian view on the Armistice centenary: a missed chance to learn the biggest lesson | Editorial

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A century after the guns finally fell silent, Britain is struggling to give itself a balanced account of the first world war’s past and present significanceOne hundred years ago this Sunday, at 11 o’clock on the morning of 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent in France. Nearly a million British combatants had died since August 1914; another eight million died from other nations. The occasion was so momentous that it is still marked each year with solemn ceremonies across the land and in the annual wearing of poppies. No one now survives who fought in what contemporaries called, without irony, the Great War. Only a handful now have any memory of the Armistice itself. Nevertheless, Sunday’s commemorations, including a
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