Death of Union Major General John Sedgwick - Statue at the U.S. Military Academy West Point (NY)

Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!

John Sedgwick (September 13, 1813 - May 9, 1864) was a military officer and Union Army general during the American Civil War.

He was wounded three times at the Battle of Antietam while leading his division in an unsuccessful assault against Confederate forces, causing him to miss the Battle of Fredericksburg. Under his command, the VI Corps played an important role in the Chancellorsville Campaign by engaging Confederate troops at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Salem Church. His corps was the last to arrive at the Battle of Gettysburg and thus did not see much action. Sedgwick was killed by a sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 9, 1864, making him and Major Generals James B. McPherson, Joseph K. Mansfield and John F. Reynolds the highest-ranking Union soldiers to be killed in the war. He is remembered for his ironic last words.

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They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance! - General Sedgwick, 1864

Guiglielmo Marconi

The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous.

Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi FRSA (25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, development of Marconi's law, and a radio telegraph system. He is credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy".

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The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible... - Guglielmo Marconi, 1912

Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.


The following list includes some of the wars fought by the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Empire and the British Commonwealth since 1900.


  • The Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899–1902
  • The First World War, 1914–1918
  • The Russian Civil War, 1917–1922
  • The Irish War of Independence, 1919–1921
  • The Irish Civil War, 1922–1923
  • The Second World War, 1939–1945
  • The Korean War, 1950–1953
  • The Kenya Emergency, 1952–1960
  • The Suez Crisis, 1956
  • The Malayan Emergency, 1948–1960
  • The Aden Emergency, 1963–1967
  • The Troubles, 1968–1998
  • The Falklands War, 1982
  • The Gulf War, 1990–1991
  • The Bosnian War, 1992–1995
  • The Kosovo War, 1998–1999
  • The Global War on Terrorism, 2001–2013
  • The War in Afghanistan, 2001–2014
  • The Iraq War and Insurgency, 2003–2011

Taken from Imperial War Museum website.