From August 1914 to November 1918, an unprecedented catastrophe gripped the world that continues to reverberate into our own time. World War I was touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and all too quickly expanded far beyond the expectations of those who were involved to become the first “total war”—the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price.
The Eastern Front
the original plan was that while Germany would fight France and Britain, Austria-Hungary would engage Russia to prevent it from joining the fights on the Western Front but Austria-Hungary was not ready for the war at all so Germany had to send there their troops too Tsar’s troops were pushed deep into Russia in 1915 where the front stayed (with the exception of Brusilov’s offensive), the fighting was not so strong here by 1916 Russia’s economy was ruined and they lost too many lives, also their weapons were too old in 1917 Russia’s failures resulted in a revolution.
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