Although war had already been declared between Russia, Germany, Serbia and Austria-Hungary it was still seen as a limited war. Upon learning of the German declaration of war upon France one of the most prophetic statements of that time was made: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime," Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, August 3, 1914. Later the next day the British Empire would join the folly that would last four years, redraw the map of Europe, destroy four empires, kill more than ten million men and lay the ground work for the greatest war in human history a generation later. The lights of the old Victorian/Edwardian World would never be lit again.
From the earliest days of the Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) to today the fast lightly armored and armed recon vehicle has filled the niche that for thousands of years was the prerogative of the cavalry. To search out the locations and strengths of the enemy his dangerous job of the recon warriors. This British recon AFV, a Daimler Ferret, (the emblem on the small machine gun turret is for British Parachute Regiment), at the Guards Museum in London, must have been a tight fit for anyone my size, I'm six feet tall, weigh 195 Ibs. and would have a tough time getting comfortable in such a low profile vehicle.