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In many ways, World War 1 is the more interesting of the wars compared to World War 2. Granted the latter has the benefit of combat war footage, color photography, a plethora of Hollywood movies and sexy looking weapons like the P-47, Panther and Sherman tanks, and whatnot.

But if you view World War 1 as a board game, it is so much more complicated than the Risk! style conquer everything style of combat of WW2.

You had massive diplomatic moves with Italy double crossing Germany and Ottoman Turkey turning it's back on Britain.The Balkans were a checker board of intrigue. The Eastern Front was quite fluid with major offensives. The role that minority populations living in the great empires was significant with the belligerents having to fight internal and external conflicts. And that's on top of the Colonial conflicts in Africa, the Naval war and espionage.

WW1 gets a lot of disservice with the sole focus being on the Western Front.

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Not many people realize but the battle of the Argonne was the largest battle in American military history as well as the deadliest.

 

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend this documentary:

 

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15 hours ago, Donward said:

In many ways, World War 1 is the more interesting of the wars compared to World War 2. Granted the latter has the benefit of combat war footage, color photography, a plethora of Hollywood movies and sexy looking weapons like the P-47, Panther and Sherman tanks, and whatnot.

But if you view World War 1 as a board game, it is so much more complicated than the Risk! style conquer everything style of combat of WW2.

You had massive diplomatic moves with Italy double crossing Germany and Ottoman Turkey turning it's back on Britain.The Balkans were a checker board of intrigue. The Eastern Front was quite fluid with major offensives. The role that minority populations living in the great empires was significant with the belligerents having to fight internal and external conflicts. And that's on top of the Colonial conflicts in Africa, the Naval war and espionage.

WW1 gets a lot of disservice with the sole focus being on the Western Front.

One of the other fascinating things about WWI is how much of an anomaly the actual combat was.

 

A great quote I heard somewhere is that if WWI had happened a few years earlier it would have been the last napoleonic-style war. A few years later and it would have been a WWII-style maneuver war.

 

This can be seen both at the beginning and end of the war, as well as the more mobile combat that occured on the eastern front.

 

Things had to turn out just so for trench warfare to occur.

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