Flame-throwers were introduced during WWI, as was tear gas, chlorine gas, mustard gas, and phosgene/diphosgene gas. WWI was the first war with tanks too. In the last couple of years of the war, European soldiers had better and more food than civilians. Mass numbers of soldiers refusing to keep on fighting. Civilians targeted. Trench life. The futility of it all.
It's a fascinating subject, if a morbid one. I was hooked when I took a lit class about 20th century war. The Regeneration trilogy was especially provokative. And, of course, the works of Wilfred Own and Siegfried Sassoon.
Some people think that WWII wouldn't have happened at all if we, the U.S. had stayed out of WWI. Without our intervention, the Europeans would have had to negotiate for peace. NO complete surrender or years of punitive sanctions. I don't know. I'm not sure things would have worked out that way. Germany and Britain were too proud to give in. For them it was all or nothing. The mentality was a lot like the attitude of the Japanese in WWII. Those same folks believe that the First World War was inevitable. As if it were a perfect storm of factors that had to end up leading to warfare. I don't think any of us can be confident in that conclusion. The previous two centuries were so changeable and unpredictable with rapid innovations and social upheaval, I can imagine that in 1914 anything might have happened, not necessarily open war.
I recommend the Regeneration books, historical fiction, for those who want to understand how the people felt during those times--soldiers, doctors and nurses, women working in dangerous factories to support the war effort. Read those books.
Or as I want to say it;all of Europe going through a cluster fuck of problems lead to a new cluster fuck of alliances between nations that ended up with everyone fighting everyone else.(My version of ZeroPunctuation's on youtube,a video of a guy reviewing a game called Valiant Hearts)
It all depends who's side you're on. Serbia and Russia had an alliance, then France had one with them. That caused Germany to declare war of France due to its alliance Austria-Hungry. To avoid the French MLR Germany went through Belgium, who had an Alliance with England which dragged the entire commonwealth into the war. I'm not sure why the Ottomans and Bulgaria joined the Central powers and I assume Romania was with Russia at this time. America joined in due to the German U-boats attack it's ships. Finally, Italy joied in to get territory but got it's ass kicked.
Will do, course that is the same for all versions of history! It's more for the idea that timeline and cause/effect do not have to be represented in only one way, and this is a perfect example of that!
I absolutely LOVE THIS!! This is the best thing I've seen in a long time! I'm so downloading this and looking at it every day! Some years ago when I studied WWI as well I saw the countries with personalities the same way. I also got inspired and drew a very very simple little comic with stick figures representing the countries and the chain of events (nothing of a comic compared to your masterpiece!). This is how I felt about them as well. All the time I was thinking - the one to start everything was Serbia, after which Germany just came to help its ally - the same thing that England, France, Russia and the US did. Not to mention Germany had few and weak allies (what the hell did the Ottoman Empire do to help anyway?)
And yet, somehow in the end everyone turned against Germany, pouring all rage against it and after it was all over Germany was given the whole guilt for the entire war? Wtf? No wonder they wanted revenge. WWII was inevitable. I'm not saying what Hitler and the Nazis did is justified but even now, in post-WWII times the whole world seems to still hate Germany for some unknown to me reason. As if they have done something that is that much worse than everything the rest of the countries have done! Now young Germans are forced to live with this shame and guilt because of something that happened prior to their lifetime. And I still don't think Germany is or ever was more 'evil' than most of the other big powers and nations in the world.
Oh and btw was Italy really this useless? I thought it actually did something, rather than.. just 'be there'.
Anyway back to topic, your comic is marvellous! A cartoon like this should be made! It's perfect material not only for teaching young people about the events of history in an easy and comprehensible way but also - it's pure entertainment! I'd love to watch a series like this. Something like what Hetalia is doing but less confusing, with more following of the plot and simply historically accurate. Just like what you've made.
Awesome stuff, bro/sis, awesome stuff! I bow down to you and your masterpiece! It deserves to get famous!