Arms and Uniforms: Second World War Part 1 by L. Funcken, F. Funcken

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F. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763–3749 (Oxford University Press, 1992) p. 155. p65 42 16/09/02, 09:23 WAR IMAGINED 43 9 Hansard, 28 September 1934, vol. 295, col. 859. 10 R. Titmuss, Problems of Social Policy (HMSO, 1950), p. 20. 11 S. Possony, Tomorrow’s War – its Planning, Management and Cost (1938). See M. Pearton, The Knowledgeable State: Diplomacy, War and Technology Since 1830 (Burnett Books, 1982), pp. 200–4. 12 Lord Woolton, Memoirs (Cassell 1959), pp. 143–4. 13 For example, Henri Barbusse, Under Fire (1916).

P65 40 16/09/02, 09:23 WAR IMAGINED 41 … the vision we all had then. It was a vision built up from reality partly – from Guernica – but also from the film of H. G. Wells’s Shape of Things to Come. We all knew what war would be, the moment it was declared: the fleets, the endless fleets of bombers throbbing into our skies, the cities exploding, the instant anarchy. Life would become an instant horror film. ’39 Writing a little shamefacedly at the end of the day war broke out, writer George Beardmore recorded in his diary: It would be impossible to convey the sense of utter panic with which we heard the first Air Raid warning, ten minutes after the outbreak of war.

The Peace Society, the first in the world, was formed in London in 1816. Pacifists distinguished themselves during the nineteenth century by their support for international conventions on the conduct of war and for the building up of the general body of international law to reduce the resort to the violent solution of conflict. But the anti-war movement never became a mass movement in the nineteenth century. This was partly because pacifists were to some extent divided by their other affiliations – Christian, Marxist or Mazzinian – and partly because of the great and, in many ways, incompatible appeal of nationalism.

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