Similar conditions benefited rightwing authoritarian and totalitarian systems in eastern europe as well, beginning with the losers of world war i, and eventually raised in political leaders and government officials permeated the consciousness of a public which had witnessed the ravages of a devastating four -year conflict. In trenches that stretched an unbroken 475 miles from the north sea to the swiss border, the germans constructed walls using corpses, so that and france in 1916 drew arbitrary boundary lines across the postwar middle east—around iraq, for instance—that are returning deadly dividends to this day. What caused the unbound, senseless slaughter that was the first world war the schlieffen plan could be blamed for bringing britain into the war, the scale of the war could be blamed on russia as the first big country to mobilise, inherent rivalries between imperialism and capitalism could be blamed for. The battle of the somme was one of the largest battles of world war i, and among the bloodiest in all of human history a compact battlefield, destructive modern weaponry and the failures of british military leaders led to the unprecedented slaughter of wave after wave of young men get the facts on. Pearl harbor and hitler's devastating conclusions: why december 1941 was the most important month of the second world war so, by december 1941, hitler must have felt that by declaring war on america he was doing little more than accepting the inevitable – with the added benefit of retaining apparent control of. Gas terrified soldiers in ww1, but it killed comparatively few of them, at least on the western front so why was it the one ww1 weapon to be banned.
World war i - killed, wounded, and missing: the casualties suffered by the participants in world war i dwarfed those of previous wars: some 8500000 soldiers died as a result of wounds and/or disease the greatest number of casualties and wounds were inflicted by artillery, followed by small arms, and then by poison gas. The european economy was devastated post world war i and rippled throughout the european economy for many decades thereafter wwi money this picture shows the despair of the economy of europe after the effects of wwi these kids are using stacks of money as building blocks to make a tower. Their goal was to so devastate neutral shippers that they would become unwilling to trade with the allies germany hoped that would inflict on britain the same pain germany itself had been suffering and force the allies to come to terms the germans knew that this was a risky gamble because it could draw. The main reason the war was so deadly was the combination of new technology and outdated tactics while we may think about tanks, airplanes and poison gas, all of which made their debut in the first world war, the two most devastating technologies were american: machine guns and barbed wire.
The new technologies available to first world war armies combined with the huge number of men mobilised made the battlefields of 1914-18 horrific, deadly and effective training also helped, making soldiers familiar with the chaos and fear of the battlefield so that their actions in battle became second nature to them. Before continuing, i want to emphasize this: wars are horrible, and all deaths cast unshakable shadow on societies it is never my intention to belittle anyone's contribution, bravery, and sacrifice all i want to do is to draw attention to the comparison and historical context with that disclaimer, let's talk about wwi, ie the great. New and deadly but how do we account for the arrival of the influenza pandemic in the 1918 where did it come from, why was it so deadly we now know the molecular nature of the pandemic virus, having pieced it together with nucleic acid analysis of viral fragments from pathology specimens and from.
World war i summary: the war fought between july 28, 1914, and november 11, 1918, was known at the time as the great war, the war to end war, and (in the united states) the european war only when the world went to of the first world war deadly new weapons were responsible for the unprecedented carnage. Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian dan snow no war in history attracts more controversy and myth than world war one for the soldiers who fought it was in some ways better than previous conflicts, and in some ways worse by setting it apart as uniquely awful we are. Commemorations are taking place in thiepval to mark centenary of infamous world war one battle why was the somme so significant one of the deadliest battles in history, the somme came amid the carnage it soon became clear that the idea risked devastating whole communities in one notorious. What made the first world war so catastrophic compared to the earlier franco- prussian war was not the proportion of combatants killed, but the vast mass death, the “devastation and dehumanization of world war i,” accelerated pre-war expressionist apocalypticism and triggered distinctly post-war.
History remembers trench warfare as wasteful, futile, and uninspired, but in reality it was a deeply thought-out system that underwent constant revision here's how it worked during world war i. The great powers entered world war i expecting to fight it in much the same way as previous recent conflicts cavalry and infantry would engage in a few pitch battles, after which the l.
During world war one, soldiers exhibiting similar patterns of symptoms were given the label “shell shock” the cause of their invalidity and, therefore, the appropriate form of management was the subject of considerable debate some hardline medical doctors, such as gordon holmes, believed that. Hard as it is to believe, the answer is true world war i claimed an estimated 16 million lives the influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people one fifth of the world's population was attacked by this deadly virus within months, it had killed more people than any other illness in.
Though chemical weapons were a terrifying new threat, they weren't particularly deadly many injuries were recorded as a result of gas, however, from chemical burns to chronic lung problems the chemical weapons of wwi had uses beyond the war mustard gas, for example, was found to decrease the. Technology during world war i (1914–1918) reflected a trend toward industrialism and the application of mass-production methods to weapons and to the technology of warfare in general this trend began at least fifty years prior to world war i during the american civil war of 1861–1865, and continued through many. This is not the beginning to a futuristic thriller, but a history of europe in the years directly following world war ii, when many european cities were in ruins, millions of people were displaced, and vengeance killings were common, as was rape the book has just won the hessell-tiltman prize for history from. World war i troops were the first to be diagnosed with shell shock, an injury – by any name – still wreaking havoc before they realized the true state of affairs” “ asphyxia,” caused by the powerful new high-explosive shells, was the cause for the phenomenon—or so it was claimed that such an outlandish story could gain.