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    Posted: 18-Sep-2006 at 19:15

i heard something about World War I and that it was fought differently than any other war our world ahs experienced.  if anyone has heard about this could you please clear it up for me.  thanks

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It was diffrent than any other wars because the front line was very stable. Thousands were dieing so the front line could move few meters. I think that is main diffrence betwen WWI and other wars. Though I don't if it answers Your question.
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Actually what made WWI more special than any other war the world had ever experienced  to that point of time was the contribution of THE HOME FRONT to the war.

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Originally posted by TheDiplomat

Actually what made WWI more special than any other war the world had ever experienced  to that point of time was the contribution of THE HOME FRONT to the war.
 
Do You mean importance of propaganda by that?
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Originally posted by live4soccerx23

i heard something about World War I and that it was fought differently than any other war our world ahs experienced.  if anyone has heard about this could you please clear it up for me.  thanks

 
 
The majority of the war, on both fronts, was a war of attrition.
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The static trench warfare may be the most important distinction, but it was also the war that saw the introduction of the submarine, the aeroplane, the tank, poison gas and guns capable of hitting targets far out of sight.
 
It was I think also the first war in which there were (on land) no sdistinguishable individual battles in the sense that Waterloo or Borodino were distinguishable events. 
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Battles no longer occcur between massed armies on a field. In WWI espcially from 1916 onwards the onus was was on hundreds of small unit actions over a large geographical area.
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On the whole that was also true at sea, largely because of the submarine. However there were occasional 'old-fashioned' battles at sea like Coromandel, the Falklands and Jutland.
 
I guess the thing might be boiled down to saying that WWI was the first war that was unrelenting in both time and space It went on continuously with no rest periods and it affected everyone. You couldn't get away from it.


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Different for a number of reasons

1. Scale - biggest armies ever assembled and the most involved in any one war
2. Larger battles than before
3. Very static (trench warfare) until the very end of the war
4. Total war cevillian population affected i.e. airship raides
5. revolutionized future wars with the advent of planes as wepoans as well as tanks and machine guns which were perfected in this period
6. Unprecedented number of casualties
7.  Greatly aided medicine, i.e. wide use of blood transusions and x ray for the first time

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War is war no matter the perceptions on losses nor the supposed intensity of personal involvement and technological niceties. Be it the razing of Baghdad in the 13th century or the obliteration of Hiroshima in the 20th, the immensity of loss be it to the civilian or military population is commensurate.
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WW1 was the first truely total war.  The American civil war had started the trend but it was WW1 that took it to the next level.  Before WW1 a war would only effect a small area of the countries involved.  Now the war effect the whole area it was fought in.  It also brought in bombing civilian targets, thereby making the 'home front' a viable target of war.  To a large extent WW1 changed many of the 'rules of war' that had exist before.
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Originally posted by K__B

Originally posted by live4soccerx23

i heard something about World War I and that it was fought differently than any other war our world ahs experienced.  if anyone has heard about this could you please clear it up for me.  thanks

 
 
The majority of the war, on both fronts, was a war of attrition.


guess this is what happens when logistics is one step ahead of tactics&weapons and when both sides are about equal

you have a very good transport system (for the time) with railroards that kept feeding the frontline more equipment than could be attrited

when tactics and weapons got improved in ww2 than it was the logistics that couldn't keep up with the speed of the advance

human cost wise both were bad but in any case the next poor fellow in line had the small chance of stepping on another piece of land before dieing...not that it matters much but it is there
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Originally posted by warwolf1969

WW1 was the first truely total war.  The American civil war had started the trend but it was WW1 that took it to the next level.  Before WW1 a war would only effect a small area of the countries involved.  Now the war effect the whole area it was fought in.  It also brought in bombing civilian targets, thereby making the 'home front' a viable target of war.  To a large extent WW1 changed many of the 'rules of war' that had exist before.
 
Interesting, but wrong at all levels! The technology might have changed from the struggles of the past, but wars of annihilation can be found throughout history. We will leave the contradictory declarations to syntax review rather than methodological accuracy. Within the greater scheme of things "rules of [and for] war" were the exception and not the rule.
 
PS: Wars of position rather than encounter are actually the interlude characteristic of 18th century warfare and nowhere else. The 19th century opened with a horrific 20 years of violence and despoilation and the epoch closed in 1914 with a repeat performance. Sic transit gloria Europae 


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The most unique thing with WWI I would say was the technology with many relatively new weapons as aeroplanes, tanks, submarines (not entirely new but rather improved), gas attacks, improved guns and machineguns, improved artillery, improved transport capacity and similar.

Otherwise concerning totality, death tolls in percent of existing populations and percentual loss of soldiers it was not so unique. The geographic scope was not much larger than some earlier wars or invasions in history. One can for example mention the mongols and their total war and the wastness of the area they conquered.
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