One of the things about the World Wars that is not mentioned enough is their truly global nature. These Wars united humanity in the struggle against evil in a way never seen before or since.
The British 14th army in Burma in 1944/45 was the most multi-racial army in history.
According to Wikipedia these countries fought against the Germans and their allies in the First World War:
Andorra, Belgium, Brazil, Republic of China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovak Legions, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Montenegro, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Russia , San Marino, Serbia, Siam (now Thailand), United Kingdom, Canada, British India (now India, Bangladesh, Burma and Pakistan), Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta, South Africa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia), administered by the British South Africa Company, British crown colonies, United States, Philippines, Puerto Rico
In the Second World War the list is as follows:
Soviet Union, United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Poland, Canada, Australia, Yugoslavia, Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia, Philippines
Because of this, it always makes me angry when some people try to use Remembrance Day as a symbol of Nationalism and Isolationism. The two World Wars united people of all races, of all religions and of all colours under a common flag and a common goal.
Let us remember the times we have all worked together in the past, and use those times to give us hope for the future.