Tomorrow we remember military historian John Keegan. His book The Face of Battle (1976) began with this observation:
I have not been in a battle; not near one, nor heard one, nor heard one from afar, nor seen the aftermath. I have questioned people who have been in battle; have walked over battlefields … I have read about battles, of course, have talked about battles, have been lectured about battles and, in the last four or five years, have watched battles in progress, or apparently in progress, on the television screen … But I have never been in a battle. And I grow increasingly convinced that I have very little idea of what a battle can be like … For, very, very few Europeans of my generation — I was born in 1934 — have learned at first hand that knowledge of battle which marked the lives of their fathers and grandfathers.