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    A closed mouth gathers no foot AOD Member AOD_jerrysandusky's Avatar
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    Default Educate Yourself!!! WW1/BF1 history stuff.

    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



    Reading:
    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.


    Podcast series:

    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".

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    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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    Did you just grab my ass?
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    I fixed it ;)

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    A closed mouth gathers no foot AOD Member AOD_jerrysandusky's Avatar
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    Thanks punkin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_jerrysandusky View Post
    Thanks punkin.


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    You're a nerd...

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    Thanks Prof. Sandusky!

    Always love learning something new on the forums. All I can recall is that the Black Hand murdered some Archiduke Ferdinand guy and shit started to pop off. Austria-Hungary got pretty pissed and was like, "guise, we're goin in dry"

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    Foxtrot, Unicorn, Charlie, Kilo AOD Member AOD_Neotoad's Avatar
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    Really interesting at 34:00. "We had the technology to kill masses of people. We did not have the technology to communicate". I had no clue there was such a disconnect from command and the front lines during a lot of WW1 battles.

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    Liquor? I hardly even know her! AOD Member AOD_tboose7's Avatar
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    Default Educate Yourself!!! WW1/BF1 history stuff.

    65 million mobilized
    57% dead
    8.5 million killed

    I'm not a math wiz but aren't you off by at least 28.55 million?

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    A closed mouth gathers no foot AOD Member AOD_jerrysandusky's Avatar
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    I think the 57% is casualty rate not dead ... That was pulled from a stats page. Also, 100% of them died. Eventually ... :P


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    Casualties are wounded and killed.

    FYI there's a video game called Valiant Hearts that focuses on WW1 history. The history is pretty cool, the game is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_tboose7 View Post
    65 million mobilized
    57% dead
    8.5 million killed

    I'm not a math wiz but aren't you off by at least 28.55 million?
    This made me laugh.

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    Also, I see people constantly misstating that the phonetic alphabet being used in the game is the "WWI NATO" phonetic alphabet. This isn't the case, and is extremely annoying.

    The British used the RAF radio alphabet, and more specifically, the game features the Navy's version of the RAF, which was only used during the early 1920s-1940s(Apple, Butter, etc). Only after the late 1950s was the NATO phonetic alphabet actually adopted, because.... as we all should know, NATO did not exist until the 1950s.



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    Wow man! In case anyone wants to know more Great War content here is one from a YT channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar

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    It blows my mind how little kids in american public schools learn about world history. I mean, no doubt, after i moved to the states and learned more about american history its cool and all, but there is unfortunately no way to learn about anything that happened on this continent before the Europeans settled it because our ancestors completely wiped out the people who lived here so they have no lasting history. The rest of the world however has scattered written history going back to the Sumerians. I always felt like american kids were taught that the History begins during the French and Indian war... lol.

    I had the good fortune to go to International School starting in middle school and we learned ALOT about the Great War. it practically removed and entire generation and a half of men from the earth. Anybody know about Galipoli? It wasnt the greatest movie ever but Russell Crowe was just in a movie about an Australian father who lost all 3 of his sons to the Ottomans during the great war and sets out to find there bodies among the apx 500,000 that died there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallipoli_Campaign

    and heres the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3007512/


 

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