World War: What War Looks Like

Desert warfare is like naval warfare, as Winston Churchill has said. In some ways it is more like the warfare of wooden sailing ships than that of dreadnoughts. Desert war is a visual spectacle that calls for a Turner in the mood of The Burning of the Ships—with just a dash of Dali's eye for desert plains strewn with unreasonable wreckage. Herewith a composite picture of a day on last week's field, as described by various British correspondents on the spot:

The escarpment is empty. It is a plateau covered with scattered scrub and...

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