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British and French capitalism, though weaker economically [than Germany], had much more powerful global presences. The fact that the war was fought between nations that were growing in economic strength and industrial capabilities, coupled with the unlimited spoils which would fall to the victors meant that it was massively bloody­a mass produced war. Hundreds of thousands of others worked in munitions, in mines, in rail­all economic life bent before the war. World War I, as it became known, redefined combat in the Industrial Age, created carnage unlike any the world had seen before and redrew international maps. The British and French ruling classes sought to protect their holdings by an alliance with Tsarist Russia against Germany and its allies, Austria-Hungary and the decaying Turkish empire. It staggers the imagination that such idiocy held sway for so long, losing millions of lives, barely gaining any territory. In this climate, the ICRC had begun sending out representatives to inspect conditions at prisoner of war camps. Away from the Western Front, the disastrous campaign at Gallipoli cost thousands of lives­most of them from the Commonwealth; the Eastern Front killed a higher proportion of those who fought than the Western Front, though not as murderous in total. Whatever the truth of it, the Second World War is widely perceived as having a purpose: as a war against fascism. Sections of German capital wanted to expand outwards beyond their national boundaries in a similar way. But what is the most crucial element about the First World War for socialists is after a period of seeming despair for working class unity it raised the curtain on a revolutionary era that brought the world working class closer to emancipation than any other. But the war was also fought out on the Eastern Front in Poland and Russia; in Italy, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Persia (Iran), Turkey, Greece, Romania, and North Africa. The big battles on the Western Front­the Marne, Verdun, the Somme, Passchendaele­saw an unprecedented butchery. The strength of nationalist feeling in the first year of the war is an aspect of the war that perplexes many­why was the patriotic frenzy so great and why did so many workers volunteer to fight so enthusiastically? It was agreed that a number of these prisoners could be interned in a neutral country so that they could recover but still not be directly redrafted by the enemy. One of the reprisal measures used by all the warring countries was to make prisoners work near the front, for example digging trenches, which was forbidden under the terms of the Conventions of the Hague and Geneva. If one country heard that its imprisoned soldiers were being treated badly, it retaliated by inflicting bad conditions in some of its own camps. Such a massive upheaval arose not, as we are taught, from the petty incident that was used as its justification­the shooting of the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo­or because of some personality flaws among the protagonists. This pioneering work became one of the core activities of the ICRC, part of the humanitarian structures it would from then on automatically put in place to assist the victims of conflict all over the world. “[American] troops lack the snap and precision of the German soldiers but…the cordial relations between the officers and men more than make up for the lack of iron discipline.” “Denials were standard but at certain times and in certain places, violation of the law was frequent and absolute,” Palmieri said. “[I will never] like the Americans because President Wilson had said that he would furnish food for Germany and has not done so.” The reason the First World War intrigues is in part because it is not as easily explained as the Second World War. The notion that nationalism is all powerful is often used to bolster the argument that all the ruling class has to do is wave the flag and workers will flock behind it. Switzerland was involved in the transfer of seriously ill and injured prisoners, such as blinded soldiers and amputees, between Lyon and Konstanz. brown mac coat brown wool coat women brown leather trench coat men long brown trench coat men trenches wwi trench features marianas trench logo mariyana trench trench geology marianas trench location tan trench coat men trenching definition brown trench coat cheap layout of the trenches mens slim fit trench coat location of mariana trench trenches on the western front trench ocean brown long trench coat how do trenches form trench fight pictures of the mariana trench trench mariana trench coat pics where is the mariana trench located trench soldiers brown womens coat hooded trench coat men marianas trench pictures mens white trench coat

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