Thousands of feet march to the beat, it’s an army on the march
Long way from home, paying the price with young men’s life
Thousands of feet march to the beat, it’s an army in despair
Knee deep in mud, stuck in a trench with no way out
–The Price of a Mile, Sabaton
What’s the price of a mile?
On June 18th, 1815, the price of a Belgian mile was 48,000 men.
In July 1863, the price of a Pennsylvanian mile was 35,087 men.
On July 1, 1916, the price of a French mile was 65,470 men.
In 1941, the price of a Soviet mile was 5,622 men.
On June 6th, 1944, the price of a mile at Omaha Beach was 4,200 men.
In March and April 2003, the price of an Iraqi mile was 151 people.
It’s always far too much.