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The war to end wars

Posted by Henry on April 21, 2004

In Reply to: The war to end wars posted by Ben Mellor on April 21, 2004

: Does anyone know to which war this phrase was first applied?

I've always understood it to be the First World War, which was fought on a grand scale and where mechanization - machine guns and tanks - played an increasingly significant role. Chivalry had been left far behind. I don't know any particular source. Unfortunately, the phrase did not prove true.