the poppies blow

a 1930 Haig Poppy from Lady Haig's Poppy Factory, founded in 1926 in London

a 1930 Haig Poppy from Lady Haig's Poppy Factory, founded in 1926 in London

One can only think that the British and the British Empire side, while officially victorious in the Great War, was left grievously wounded and stunned.  It took eight years before the Poppy Fund was established, more for the cenotaphs.  War is clearly not a zero-sum game; everyone is damaged, everything is set back, everyone mourns.