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Balance-sheet of the Fist World War - concluded

For some reason I find this section the most jaw-dropping, the most shocking of all; I knew about the human toll of the war in so far as it’s possible to take it in, but the sheer waste of resources is truly mind-boggling… 155 more words

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War at sea Total navy and merchant marine force losses during the war 86,000

England alone suffered more than half the losses: 2,468 officers and 30,895 sailors of the Royal Navy, … 46 more words

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Progress in war… War has progressed. That is undeniable. Today it kills more quickly and better. If we compare the losses in the 1914-18 war with the losses in the eight great wars of the previous two centuries, a real improvement is noticeable: 29 more words

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The first four months

During the first 4 months of the war (August to November 1914) we lost (killed) 454,000 men, that is to say one third of our total losses. 8 more words

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The development of artillery:
number of guns in service in the armies at the start of Sept 1914/ Nov 1918 

campaign artillery approx 3,400 (93%) /6,200 (41%)
heavy artillery 230 (7%) /6,800 (45%)
trench artillery (Nov 1918) 2,200 (14%)
totals 3,630/ 15,200

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The front on 11 November 1918 represented a development 550km long, shared out thus:

the Belgian Army held 30 km (12 divisions, 110 fighting battalions)
the British Army held 90 km (60 divisions, 560 fighting battalions)
the French Army held 330 km (102 divisions, 1081 fighting battalions)
the American Army held 100 km (31 divisions, 372 fighting battalions)

To these troops must be added:
2 Portuguese divisions – 24 fighting battalions
2 Italian divisions – 26 fighting battalions
1 Polish division - 15 fighting battalions

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Losses in particular time periods This table is again pretty self-explanatory and so I haven’t translated it fully. The war has been divided into separate time-slots, dominated by a particular battle or action, and the losses are listed in three categories under each head: 46 more words

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