GREAT BRITAIN: Blue Blood in Flanders

Blue blood as well as red soaked the sodden plains of Flanders and the banks of the Somme last week as Britain's knights and lords fell with day laborers and farmers in the grim cavalcade of war. True to the ancient tradition that the aristocracy pays for its privileges on the day of battle, the first-born of the realm marched, as in many crises of Britain's turbulent history, to fulfill their destiny. So rapid was the depletion of the aristocracy, already thinned and impoverished by death and death taxes in World War...

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