Anyway. BF1 alpha has me on a WW1 history kick lately. I've stumbled into some awesome shit that's fucking amazing stuff. What many of us in this modern world do not realize, was the outrageous casualty rate of WW1 versus later conflicts, and the horrid conditions the troops, Americans, Brits, French, Canadians, and Germans alike, lived through.
Shocking statistics from the war could fill a thick book.
- Total number of men mobilized to fight in World War I - 65 million
- Percentage of men mobilized in World War I who died - 57 %
- Total number killed in World War I - 8.5 million
- Total number of casualities in World War I - 37 million
- Number of missing POW’s from WWI - 7.7 million
- Number of wounded soldiers in WWI - 19.7 million
- Number of years of fighting that took place during WWI - 4 years
Aftermath: The Remnants of War From Landmines To Chemical Warfare by Donovan Webster
Almost 100 years later, battlefield cleanup is still going on in France. Every year farmers in France have an "iron harvest" when they till their fields in spring and fall. Artillery shells appear, the farmers bring the shells to the edges of the roads and leave them there for the "bomb disposal team" to collect them and detonate them safely. Cleanup continues every day and is expected to take 300-500 years. WW1 artillery shells are extremely dangerous, especially the poison gas shells, which tend to corrode their steel jackets and can leak or detonate at even the slightest jarring.
Hardcore History by Dan Carlin. Episodes Blueprint for Armageddon parts 1-5.
What is really a massive essay read aloud by Dan, it starts from the beginning of the Great War to armistice ... It spends quite a bit of time explaining the physics and mental effects of round the clock artillery on the human body, as well as what we know today to be PTSD and TBI was thought at the beginning of the war to be cowardice, and later called "Shell shock".
I stumbled into this the other day. The stories this Scottish man accounts to a group of middle school children is fascinating:
Also, Gofish is a super nerd.
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