Andrea Paul and Sanat Misra write:
Today marks the centenary of the First World War. On the 4th of August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany after the latter rejected an ultimatum to leave Belgium by midnight on Monday (August 3rd). The war was expected to be a short affair, “over by Christmas”, and thousands of British men had volunteered to fight. But, after 20,000 deaths in the first two weeks, expectations had to be revised.