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14. Trench Warfare

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14. Trench Warfare

France Since 1871 (HIST 276)

The sacred union that united France's political parties during World War I contributed to a resilient morale on the home front. Germany's invasion of France, and the conflict over Alsace-Lorraine in particular, contributed to French concern over atrocities and the national investment in the war effort. New weapons and other fighting technologies, coupled with the widespread use of trenches, made fighting tremendously difficult and gruesome on all fronts.

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Schlieffen Plan: German Hopes for an Early Victory
07:16 - Chapter 2. The Early War of Movement: The Battle of the Marne and the Salvation of France
13:47 - Chapter 3. From Movement to Attrition: The Development of Trench Warfare
22:00 - Chapter 4. The Identity of the Citizen-Soldier: Society During and After the War
34:30 - Chapter 5. Conditions on the Front: The Nature of Machine Warfare

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This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

A depiction of trench warfare

A cinematic depiction of trench warfare and going 'over the top'. From the opening scenes of the 1979 film version of All Quiet on the Western Front.

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Trench Warfare (1914-1918)

Titles read: 'Trench Warfare. Unique pictures actually taken under fire in the Argonne.'



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M/S taken from behind a trench so we see soldiers ducking down as shells explode in the distance. Shots inside trench show soldiers loading guns and running for cover when they fire. Another view from rear of trench shows smoking explosions in distance.
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Fast Facts - World War One: Trench Life

Fast Facts is a series of digital resources for students and teachers. This episode takes a look at what life was like in the trenches for soldiers of the First World War.
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Education in 360 | WW1 Virtual Reality Trench

An immersive 360 virtual reality experience of the trenches in World War 1. Explore and discover, assisted by your guide, Peter.

To use this video or full tour please contact us at: hello@seymourlerhn.com



Copyright © Seymour & Lerhn/EyeSiteView 2016. All Rights Reserved. Video and associated content may not be used without the express permission and consent of Seymour & Lerhn.

Trench Warfare! CRVRES Airsoft Game (8/9/14) PART 1 (RAW)

Part 1 of a pickup game we on CRVRES Airsoft participated in last Saturday. Location is a private field in the Salt Lake City area in Utah. This is raw, unedited footage.

Our team this game:
Frostbite (me): Elite Force TAR-21, WE 1911 MEU
Bailey: ICS M1 Garand, WE 1911 Hi-Capa
Max: King Arms Thompson M1A1, KJW Dan Wesson Revolver
Viz: PTS ACR Masada, WE Px4 Storm
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Trench warfare

Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I: Crash Course World History #36

In which John Green teaches you about the war that was supposed to end all wars. Instead, it solved nothing and set the stage for the world to be back at war just a couple of decades later. As an added bonus, World War I changed the way people look at the world, and normalized cynicism and irony. John will teach you how the assassination of an Austrian Archduke kicked off a new kind of war that involved more nations and more people than any war that came before. New technology like machine guns, airplanes, tanks, and poison gas made the killing more efficient than ever. Trench warfare and modern weapons led to battles in which tens of thousands of soldiers were killed in a day, with no ground gained for either side. World War I washed away the last vestiges of 19th century Romanticism and paved the way for the 20th century modernism that we all know and find to be cold and off-putting. While there may not be much upside to WWI, at least it inspired George M. Cohan to write the awesome song, Over There.

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Trench Warfare Intro Pt 1: "We Be Jammin" by Nutnfancy

Trench Warfare could not have begun any better. In this Nutnfancy handgun drill (maybe different gun testing later), we open with surprising failures from the SDI and Kimber 1911s and a brand new black Ruger SR9. Yes the wind was a consistent 20 mph all day right in the face and it carried with it plenty of kicked up dust. But that's NO excuse and every service pistol should run 100% in hard conditions, just like I say in my tabletop reviews. But if can pull out these failures in different guns with my drills, I'm stoked as it provides knowledge for my subscribers. I don't condemn these guns and I suspect all will be running 100% with some work (and perhaps different magazines in some cases). We press on through these surprises and put in some serious work on the Nutnfancy Tee Dub handgun drill. Shooters included current TNP Crew Members SadlyMissing and PFIDude and guest shooter OfficerJared (seen last year in a TNP video). I recommend Defensive Loadout Level 1 for the runs which is basically a service pistol, mags, and carriers. The 90 yard shot was too long and exhausted my players so future TW runs will have a closer staging here. Great crew on this shoot, hard work, great data points earned in TNP. Watch for future episodes. //////////////////////// Awesome music licensed to TNP from TNPrs THEL1ZARDKING (youtube.com/user/ thel1zardking) and Bryanisms (youtube.com/user/bryanisms)
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Origins & Development of Trench Warfare

Most people think that the whole of WW1 was fought from Trenches, this is not the case. When the war started all the armies tried to win by manoeuvre, it was only when they were stopped by the immense fire power available to both sides, that they went to ground. This short educational film shows how trench warfare developed.Once radios came fully into use in 1917 the armies reverted to manoeuvre.

What was medieval warfare like? (feat. Overly Sarcastic Productions)

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NWAR #2.3 — Trench Warfare

Detective Nwar gets his hands dirty for a political campaign. (screened at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Channel 101 show in April 2015!)

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WW1 Christmas Truce: Letters from the Trenches - Extra History - #2

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Yesterday there was a fierce and terrible onslaught... of Christmas packages into our trenches. So began one soldier's letter home after the Christmas Truce of WWI. These letters give us a peek at the joys and sorrows experienced by troops on deployment, from the pleasure of a surprise holiday truce to the pain of being too long apart from families.
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Trench Warfare-WW1 Slideshow

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A project for my Canadian History class.
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WW1 Christmas Truce: Silent Night - Extra History - #1

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On Christmas Eve in 1914, soldiers in the trenches sang together across the wastes of No Man's Land. Some were brave enough to step out of their trenches and meet face-to-face, forming an unofficial truce that lasted (with a few blemishes) until the end of Christmas Day.
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