"Home by Christmas!" the man read aloud.
Looking overhead, grey smoke formed a cloud.
Tough as Clyde, they were forced to be.
On each front did no side plea.
Month after month, how slow did time pass.
They fought on boat, in air and blood-covered grass.
The Allied powers turned the tide.
But how very late were they, after sixteen million had already died.
The Centrals were defeated, a treaty was made.
But that didn't end the violence, for it was merely delayed.
Four years later, the war has ended.
Europe and America remain defended.