So you want to learn about the First World War? I have some helpful links for you.
First, an introductory video
There's a YouTube channel, The Great War, which is going through the First World War every week as it happened 100 years ago. That means the show won't end until 2018. The show does a decent job at introducing some material, but like most YouTube shows, each episode lasts only a few minutes and skims over content. Just my opinion, but I feel like the show pads itself with too much focus on battles, could use a little diversity in the topics:
I recommend watching the show, but only for an easygoing introduction into the various topics of WW1. Whenever the show introduces a new concept, such as the Schlieffen-Plan, I recommend using this website:
The above website is an extensive database of all things WW1.
If you prefer a book, I personally like "The First World War" by John Keegan, though I'm sure there's better books out there.
WW1 has been the basis for a lot of great movies. "All Quiet on the Western Front" shows the extreme nationalism of European countries as well as the horrors of trench warfare. "Lawrence of Arabia" is an epic following the titular character on his quest to lead the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.
These things are a must read unless you wish to repeat faggot tier memery about WW1 and its aftermath:
The Myths of Reparations
Holger H. Herwig
Clio Deceived: Patriotic Self-Censorship in Germany after the Great War
Further - this time much lighter - reading to stop retarded "hurrr durr dey wuz napoleonic soldiers walking into machinegunsss xDD" ideas:
THE ORGANIZATION OF AN INFANTRY BATTALION AND THE NORMAL FORMATION FOR THE ATTACK.
Who else here thinks that the Russian Empire is most responsible for WW1?
>They supported the Black Hand
>They mobilized their troops first
of course Russia isnt the only country guilty of starting WW1 but their guilt is often overlooked
Surely by the very virtue of their mobilization being a response to solely Austrian action (even if actually German-backed) you cannot seriously claim Russia to be the most responsible for the conflict.
>Still no movie about Jutland
Why did the Young Turks take over the empire? I read that members of the Young Turks were educated in western cities and became inspired by western nationalism. This led to them wanting to turn the pan-Islamic empire into a Turk-only empire. What the hell were they teaching in western schools?
You'll always have pic related.
20th century values. Turkey and the Ottoman empire was rotting from the inside out, and had been for a long time. They were the last seriously religious empire, everyone else had basically moved on.
Not that I agree with anon, but Russia mobilising was what really fucked everything. If Austria had just nutted up and rolled Serbia without faffing about, it would have been over and done before anyone could have really started a serious war. Russia mobilising changed it from a Balkans war to a world war.
Anyone have a copy of The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I?
Question: was the purpose of the Treaty of London only to get Italy on the side of the Allies, or did the Treaty of London also make it so that none of the allied nations could make a peace treaty with Germany or Austria-Hungary?
I'm making a list of keywords for WW1. Fill in the cracks. So far I've only made it up to Trench Warfare.
The Russo-Japanese War
The Young Turks
The Bosnian Annexation Crisis
The Treaty of Berlin
The Moroccan Crises
The Italo-Turkish War
The Balkan Wars
The Black Hand
The assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand
The Battle of the Frontiers
The Rape of Belgium
Treaty of London
The First Battle of the Marne
Churchill called it the war of the pygmies. Bad choice of words considering the Bolsheviks had great plans concerning Europe and the British PM did everything to help them.
Also the war was quite awesome. It has its own feel different than WWI or other wars. It's hard to describe. Like it's a war among different nations (and the Reds) who were all fighting basically on dead bodies of three European empires. They were all new and they were all exhausted from WWI but nevertheless the war was far more dynamic.
Just finished reading Storm of Steel a few days ago, I think I can sort of understand the horror of artillery and what complete bullshit it is. Junger's doesn't see that much action, yet his unit constantly gets chewed up beyond recognition by just moving in and out of the front line.