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By Neil Heyman

What was once lifestyles quite like for the standard soldier, sailor, airman, and civilian in the course of international battle I? was once it assorted for the British, French, and american citizens than it was once for the Germans? This paintings brings to lifestyles the army and civilian stories of normal humans on either side of the struggle. This narrative specializes in how males have been recruited and proficient, the apparatus they used, what they ate, trench war as a life-style, and the phenomenon of wrestle.

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10 Improving the food was one of the first measures taken by General Philippe Pe´tain to restore order and morale in the French army in the wake of the mutinies of spring 1917. As representatives of the wealthiest society in the world, American soldiers ate predictably well—a daily diet of almost 5,000 calories. Troops in the trenches received a main meal consisting invariably of bread and butter, stew (“slum”), coffee with sugar, white bread, and jam. Many men put corn syrup (“Karo”) on bread as dessert.

On the other hand, German training stressed aggressiveness in time of danger: Infantrymen, equipped with “inner assertiveness” (in the words of the drill regulations of 1906) were expected to move forward even in the face of enemy fire. 2 Most of the German soldiers who went to war in August 1914 were in their mid-twenties. Only a few of their most senior leaders had seen combat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. A larger, but still limited group had participated in colonial campaigns against the indigenous population in Germany’s African possessions.

The German army employed some 72,000 of these deadly weapons on both the eastern and western front. The water-cooled MG 08 was fed by bullets held in a fabric belt and could fire around 450 rounds per minute. Weighing about seventy 30 The Military World pounds, it had the disadvantage of being mounted on a heavy sledge, but lighter mounts were developed as the war proceeded. 303. Offensives on the western front impelled the belligerents to develop a lighter machine gun that could be carried forward by advancing troops.

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