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As Veterans Day approaches in the US, Armistice Day is observed in Europe. The Red Cross archives from "the Great War" are the subject of this BBC story and a remembrance of the conflict that set in motion the major events of the 20th century.
"There are rows of boxes, from floor to ceiling, whole shelves with the same surname: Smith, Smith, Smith, Smith. Muller, Muller, Muller, Gautier, Gautier, Gautier, Gautier... and on it goes.
Each box contains thousands of file cards, and each card refers to an individual human being, a soldier missing, imprisoned or killed during the war."