Please God, it shall never happen again

The front page of the July 27 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph taken at the Vimy Ridge memorial.


This was taken during the brief reign of King Edward VIII, who is shown comforting a woman who lost eight of her twelve sons to the First World War. His response is the caption to this photograph, “Please God, it shall never happen again.”

But in the same edition, there was this photograph of German women preparing for air raids:


And, as of course you know, it did happen again.