“The greatest silence in modern history fell on November 11th, 1918. The last shells were fired by batteries on both sides just before 11am. Over four bloody years, artillery had come to dominate the battlefields and more than a BILLION shells had been fired across the trenches that extended 400 miles from the Belgian coast to Switzerland. Even today, an “iron harvest” of hundreds of tons of unexploded munitions is gathered every year from French and Belgian farmland. Of the more than four million soldiers who died on the western front, most were killed by shells.”

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