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The smooth white gravestones we will see on Armistice Day treat all fallen combatants as equal

By Joshua Neicho, Kath Temple  

Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

The smooth white gravestones in neat rows, and memorials listing names of soldiers whose remains were never recovered, are iconic features of both World Wars. We will be seeing much of them over the weekend in coverage of services to commemorate the Armistice. They are also entirely radical, in treating combatants of all ranks and backgrounds as equals (notwithstanding statues to the great that might be commissioned separately). In previous conflicts, the leaders and senior officers, the Nelsons and Wellingtons were magnificently celebrated, while…

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