HG Wells and The War That Will End War

Although Wells had left Sandgate in 1909, the First World broke out only five years later, and his views expressed in 1914 were significant. 65 million people were mobilised and an estimated 10 million lost their lives and 20 million were wounded. It was Wells who coined the phrase The War That Will End War the title of a pamphlet published at the outbreak of hostilities. In it he stated that:

...this is now a war of peace. It is a crusade against war. This, the greatest of all wars, is not just another war - it is the last war!'

Sadly as we now know this has not been the case.

He supported Britain despite his many criticisms of British policy and the conduct of the war. In his book In the Fourth Year published in 1918 he wrote:

The enormous development of war methods and war material within the last fifty years has made war so horrible and destructive that it is impossible to contemplate a future for mankind from which it has not been eliminated; the increased facilities of railway, steamship, automobile travel and air navigation have brought mankind so close together that ordinary human life is no longer safe anywhere in the boundaries of the little states in which it was once secure. In some fashion it is now necessary to achieve sufficient human unity to establish a world peace and save the future of mankind.