Archduke Franz Ferdinand: The Horrors Of The First World War

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On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated creating a buildup of war. In the build up that occurred in the beginning of the First World War many men enlisted to join the military to fight for their country. Leaders on all sides believed that the war would be short and easy. With expecting the war to be short propaganda was used to persuade men to war as quickly as possible, the promise of home by Christmas was used to encourage men to join war, and when these promises failed the reality of war set in. After the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand there was a rush to war. The demand for soldiers was high and the use of propaganda was in full effect. Every country that was involved in the outbreak of the first world war …show more content…
There were several difficulties facing the soldiers such as realizing that war is different than anticipated, the way they were trained didn 't reflect the war they were fighting, and their training didn 't provide them with defense against newly emerging technology. The soldiers believed that they would be fighting a face to face war that had swift victories, but the reality was digging trenches and fighting from great distances. The men were faced with the horrors of trench life with medical issues such as Gangrene also known as Trench Foot and the after effects of chemical warfare. The horrors of trench life were filled with death in or out of the trenches. The training provided at the beginning of the war was inadequate for the emerging technology at the beginning of the war. The soldiers were trained to ride on the battlefield on horses and charge the enemy with bayonets. The emerging technology in the First World War includes mechanized transport such as tank, chemical weapons like phosgene gas, and upgrades to current technology such as metal boats instead of wooden. The problem with the new technology is that neither side had the officers experienced in new technology to effectively train the soldiers to use it or defend against it. The soldiers in the First World War were fighting in a new kind of war that they had to adapt to as

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