Wellington and Ilya Ehrenburg on winning battles

Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won – Duke of Wellington after Waterloo


Not in paradise, but on this vast tract of earth,
Where at every step there is sorrow, sorrow, sorrow,
I awaited her, as one waits only when one loves
I knew her as one knows only oneself.
I knew her in blood, in mud, in grief.
The hour struck.
The war ended.
I made my way home.
She came towards me, and we did not recognise each other.

– Ilya Ehrenburg, 9 May 1945, quoted in Richard Overy, Russia’s War, 1997

Today we will visit the Fortress at Brest, Belarus.

Published by

Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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