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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Was was WW1 so deadly?

Of course it wasn't the Deadliest war up to that point in history. There was roughly 7 wars before WW1 that were as deadly if not deadlier. Still around 16-20 million died in that war in such a short period of time! What caused it to be so deadly?

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  • Who
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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     just 1 thing - artillery killed FAR more than machine guns

     When you got static warfare (trenches) it aint difficult to zero your artillery onto the land between you and your enemy

     the purpose of machine guns was not so much to kill the enemy when they attacked,  but to keep them pinned down in "no-mans land" then just keep firing shells onto them

      They then either get killed by shells or try to retreat and get killed by machine gins

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  • 1 month ago

    It was wrong they should have invaded Africa and made the blacks slaves.

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  • 1 month ago

    Poison gas, automatic weapons, and 19th -century tactics helped.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    First-time Machine Guns used on a massive scale not mention, tanks, planes and so on 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Mechanized weapons systems for one thing.  Ask Hiram Stevens Maxim.

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  • RR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It was warfare on an industrial scale with heavy use of artillery and machine guns.                    

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    • RR
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      1 month agoReport

      @ ChaiTea. Have you seen "They Shall Not Grow Old" directed by Peter Jackson? It has colourised film from the period with sounds and quotes from the soldiers. It shows that a lot of them enjoyed it!

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  • Tim D
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    1 month ago

    Artillery and conscription.

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  • 1 month ago

    Vastly deadlier technology, and it was fought in so many places that famine and disease were natural followers to the destruction.

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  • 1 month ago

    cause they were using bombs

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because it was a war, that's why.  That's the whole point of war, to kill off the other side.

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