Forgotten, less-known, but definitely important chapter of human history.
Lately I’ve been binge watching a series, as you can maybe tell from the title it isn’t one of those found on Netflix. I’ve been watching a week by week commentary of the great war, or as well all know it the First World War.
This YouTube team had the great idea to do a running commentary about the fighting that happened exactly 100 years on the week. Even if stalemates were a huge part of the conflict and till now (1916, I’m half way through) little gains or losses were made, I’m thoroughly enjoy it.
You gotta understand that advances were minimal, especially in trench warfare. A hundred metre advance in normal battle would mean nothing, but it meant a victory in the western trenched front. Not everywhere is stale, but I don’t want to make any spoilers
Tactics at the start of the war resembled largely those used by Napoleon.
You would think that in an era where machine guns were of standard use, that no one would dare walk up to such a machine in formation, but that is exactly what they did.
Naive as they were, armies lost some of their best man to poor tactics. Many commanders were to blame, which very rarely learnt from their mistakes, and molding modern warfare tactics was more like a trial and error affair.
Sadly, greedy statesmen, poor leadership, lousy tactics, lack of communication and principles of honour gave one outcome:
millions upon millions of young men dead on the battlefield
Modern war was very different from any warfare that had been fought before. The capability of weapons to kill was far greater than those used in Napoleonic times. Poisonous gas, Machine Guns, Mines, Heavy Artillery, Flamethrowers, Tanks, Dirigibles, (Zeppelins), Submarines, Modern ships and Aeroplanes were all new and at the disposition of many armies.
I haven’t watched all the episodes yet but till now it’s been awesome, every episode has a perk so it leaves you wanting for more. I don’t want this post to be educational, I just wanted to tickle your curiousity and make you aware of the amazing collection of videos.
Ok, enough beating around the bush…the channel’s The Great War and even though the week by week segments are now all done, the producers are still dishing out episodes. They’re visiting battlefields, portraying the battles were fought on that same ground. New episodes now also feature interviews with museum curators that illustrate clearly anything from uniforms used to weapons, and there is also a variety of specials regarding weapons or people which defined the first World War.
I hope that I sprouted some interest, and whether you’re a history buff or a curious individual like me, you’re now itching to watch some episodes. Away you go…WAIT! Do make your voice heard on my post 😉
Did you know that even Brazil took part in World War One?
With which side did Japan fight in The Great War?
Did it ever cross your mind that decisions in WW1 still plague the middle east with fighting?
Are you curious to she how things unfolded in World War 1?
What are your impressions of the ‘The Great War’?