Thought for the day

"Everything went strictly ‘by the book,’ using means that were permitted by the constitution. At first there were ‘emergency decrees’ by the president of the Reich, and later a bill was passed by a two-thirds majority of the Reichstag giving the government unlimited legislative powers, perfectly in accordance with the rules for changing the constitution." -- Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler (paperback, Kindle, audiobook)

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While World War I saw the development of modern, technological warfare, it placed unprecedented demands on what we might see as archaic methods of campaign.

 

Despite tanks, planes and machine guns, fighting still relied on the physical and emotional suffering and sacrifice of men, who had to contend with mud, sand, water, disease, and often even brutal weather.

 

In addition, like fighting men from ancient times, the armies of the Allies and Central Powers relied on the efforts and skills of animals for transportation, logistics, communication, and sometimes, solace.

 

It is almost impossible to imagine the extent of the logistical equipment that made war possible. Today, hundreds of tons of ordnance have yet to be discovered under the former battlefields of Belgium and France. Tea

 

The numbers and weights involved are enormous: for example, during the Battle of Verdun, some 32 million shells were fired, while before the Battle of the Somme the British barrage fired around 1.5 million shells (in total, about 250 million shells were fired). were used by the British Army and Navy during the war).