This whole war has been a heap of lies. We came into the war because a few men in authority , 'the dreamers', flung us into it. they could not accept that you don't do politics by dreaming. Politics is reality. You don't stake the future of a nation on a dream, a yearning for reinvigoration. It is idiotic to imagine that war can be a means of healing.Colonel Angelo Gatti writing in 1917 on Italy's decision to enter the First World War. From The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thomson.