I read this in the mid 70s from my local library.

The book was set on a militarized world with two factions in an endless war. It may have been a future earth but I think it was set on an alien world. Very vague memory I'm afraid but I remember enjoying it very much and it's atmosphere of endless mayhem has stuck with me. It's among the first sci-fi I've read and I would love to rediscover it. It's not the Star Trek "A Taste of Armageddon" (although I do love that episode). I'm also fairly sure it wasn't The Forever War either.

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    Endless war is a common idea. We'd need to know a lot more to identify that story. What else can you remember? Were the participants human? What kinds of weapons and other technologies did they use? Were there civilians? Were there neutrals? Did the storytelling follow both sides or only one? Were the two factions divided by biology, culture, ideology, nothing, etc.? Did some characters try to end the war, or to escape? Do you remember anything about the cover? … Try the list on TV Tropes.
    – user56
    May 26, 2014 at 17:19
  • and it's not this one came of Civ 2 i heard about?
    – IG_42
    May 26, 2014 at 20:28
  • Thanks for comment. I was 13/14 when I read it 40 years ago (aargh). It was more the atmosphere I remember. The protagonists were human and the war was hi tech (but not remote). The war conssted of huge battles with no consideration of casualties. Thanks for looking anyway...
    – Tim Ring
    May 27, 2014 at 20:11
  • Is this the one where the main character finds out that the enemy are human soldiers too? Both sides are fed the same propaganda to keep the war going for either population control or profit.
    – user28545
    Jun 21, 2014 at 21:51
  • When I read your description, it reminded me of a short story I read in the mid-70's. But the most memorable element in that story is that time passes rapidly at the poles and more slowly as you go to the equator. That story is Traveller's Rest by David Masson. See this answer. Jun 12, 2016 at 1:16

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Could it be the legendary Moderan by David R. Bunch?

Atmospheric - check.
Future earth, not another planet.
Combatants were human... well, originally.
Huge battles, massive casualties - check.
Factions - many shifting alliances between the Strongholds.
Endless war - check.

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  • I've owned 'Moderan' as an ebook for several months now. I got it as part of a bundle deal. I've never looked at it or moved it into my TBR pile. However, after looking at this, it's gonna be my next read.
    – Danny Mc G
    May 18, 2019 at 19:17
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    I missed the fact that this has come back into print since I wrote the suggested answer above. Something else for TBR-R (re-read) pile.. May 19, 2019 at 20:21
  • Have got a copy, on my bedside pile to be read soon. Will get back when read...
    – Tim Ring
    Jun 28, 2019 at 13:27

Possibly you mean Bill, the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison? That was written in 1965 so not too far off.

  • Thanks, but no, I'm familiar with most HH stuff...
    – Tim Ring
    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:10

One possibility is 1984 by George Orwell.

  • Ah now, I'm not that muich of an eegit...
    – Tim Ring
    May 27, 2014 at 20:06
  • And there are three factions in that book, not two.
    – Oldcat
    May 27, 2014 at 22:09
  • @Oldcat True, but the book notes that typically two will gang up against the 3rd until they actually look like beating them, then one of the 'winning alliance' powers changes sides in order to keep the war going. May 28, 2014 at 10:02
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    @AndrewThompson - but we've always been at war with Eurasia!
    – andrewsi
    May 29, 2014 at 3:07

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