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August 01, 2014 7:58 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

World War I broke out on this day a century ago, as Russia and Germany declared war on each other. Here’s one of the strange songs generated by that savage conflict: “The Bells of Hell Go Ting a Ling a Ling,” from the movie Oh! What A Lovely War.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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