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1 World War I “…some damn foolish thing in the Balkans”.

2 World War I

3 Why was World War I considered “Total Modern War”?

4 Mass Mobilization Armies numbering in millions $ One million spent per hour Civilians activated for war Entire nation activated for the war effort – Homefront All the new technology

5 Mass Propaganda

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7 The government will use every form of persuasion in order to keep support for the war effort at a fever’s pitch

8 Global Involvement

9 Virtually every major nation was deeply effected by WWI by: Actually fighting in the war or Receiving damage from the fighting

10 1 st Mechanized War

11 1 st War in the history of mankind to be fought on: LAND SEA AIR

12 TRENCH WARFARE Criss-crossed Europe Fight from trench to trench Muddy, snakes, unsanitary Poison gas flows downward Many casualties

13 TRENCH WARFARE

14 TRENCH BATTLES Australian Trench German Radio Bunker Stretcher Duty

15 EFFECTS OF TRENCH WARFARE WHAT WAS GAINED/LOSSED FROM 1914 – 1918?

16 Stalemate

17 STALEMATE DUE TO TRENCH WARFARE Very little was gained by either side in this “war to end all wars”. Two years of fighting had passed in a war that was to have lasted only weeks.

18 Pictorial Cont.’ Trench Mud Fallen Comrade Aerial: Bombings German Anti-aircraft Forest Devastation More Forest Devastation Ruins of a Bombed City

19 ARMISTICE Def.= cease fire, fighting ends With Germany defeated, steps were taken to stop Germany from ever rearming again

20 UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER The loser is forced to accept: - total guilt for the war - all penalties/punishment France & England punished Germany severely in the Treaty of Versailles. US does not sign it.

21 TREATY OF VERSAILLES The US did not sign the treaty because they do not want to punish Germany. Since the US does not sign the treaty, they do not join the League of Nations (positive). The US Senate does not want to join the League of Nations because they do not want to get pulled into foreign conflicts.


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