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US soldiers examining a 21 cm Kanone 39 heavy gun, Normandy 1944

US soldiers examining a 21 cm Kanone 39 heavy gun, Normandy 1944

German medic in early-WWI gas mask The first “masks” to protect against the deadly gasses such as chlorine (as they could actual...

German medic in early-WWI gas mask The first “masks” to protect against the deadly gasses such as chlorine (as they could actually result in fatalities, unlike the earliest gasses, which were only.

A French soldier behind a mobile gun shield on the Aisne front, February 10, 1916.

A French soldier behind a mobile gun shield on the Aisne front, February Happened on my birthday 100 years ago

All was mercifully quiet on the eastern front for Russian officers guarding the Carpathians, the mountains between their motherland and Hungary. Manpower was not an issue - in 1914, after 125,000 Russians were capture by the Germans at Tannenberg, Czar Nicholas II just ordered more serfs drafted - but firepower was: 1/3 of the men lacked guns. By the end of the war, Russian's dead, wounded or captured exceeded nine million troops.

All was mercifully quiet on the eastern front for Russian officers guarding the Carpathians, the mountains between their motherland and Hungary. Manpower was not an issue - in 1914, after 125,000 Russians were capture by the Germans at Tannenberg, Czar Nicholas II just ordered more serfs drafted - but firepower was: 1/3 of the men lacked guns. By the end of the war, Russian's dead, wounded or captured exceeded nine million troops.

Taxis line up to take French soldiers to the Battle of the Marne in September 1914.

A fleet of Paris taxis, requisitioned by France to transport troops to the battlefield, on Sept. They became known as the “Taxis of the Marne.

The social effects of WW1 were terrible on society. 8.5 million soldiers were killed, 13 million civilians died, and 21.2 million soldiers were wounded. It nearly wiped out a generation.

The living conditions were horrid. There were rats running through out the trenches.

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