World War I ( Wwi ) Essay

945 Words Jul 28th, 2015 4 Pages
World War I (WWI or WW1), was a global war triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. It was a major, historical war in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918. HISTORY.com (2015). More than 8 million soldiers killed and 20 million wounded as a result of the war Keith, L. pbs.org (2006) , a casualty rate aggravated by nations ' technological and industrial inventions, accompanied by battle tactics. It was one of the most destructive conflicts in history, making way for essential political changes. As so many deaths and casualties occurred, a question is always raised regarding what caused them. People often believe that the introduction of machine guns was held responsible for all the deaths and casualties in WW1, but that is not quite true. Battle tactics, harsh conditions in the trenches and military technology other than the machine gun had huge roles to play in the death rates of WW1.

The major forces generally used strategies that came into play before WW1. The Great Powers; such as Britain, Germany, Austro-Hungary, etc. expected to fight WW1 in a similar manner to previous wars they had fought which involved sending small cavalries over and losing them which would slowly lead to them forfeiting the battle. Instead, they soon found that recent technological developments made such tactics irrelevant, and realising that succeeding in the war was possible by using the tactic of attrition. "At the start of the…

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