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A Glimpse Into WWI. Embodiment of Total War. Causes of War. Soldiers’ Experience. Peace of Paris. Reparations PART VIII SECTION I GENERAL PROVISIONS Article 231

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A Glimpse Into WWI

Embodiment of Total War

Causes of War

Soldiers’ Experience

Peace of Paris

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Reparations

PART VIII

SECTION I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 231

The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.

Treaty of Versailles

Setting the Scene for Revenge of Germany

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WWI: The True Embodiment of Total War

Total War on the Home Front

“Within our reach there are objectives for the retention of which the French General Staff would be compelled to throw in every man they have. If they do so the forces of France will bleed to death,"

-Falkenhayn letter to Kaiser William II

Strategically, WWI officers aimed to destroy the enemy’s ability to make war, embodying total war.

Costs of Total War

Technologies of total war

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WWI embodies total war in that no previous war went to the extent in which WWI went through to defeat an enemy

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"My main concern was to avoid having a corpse close by me. I made the mistake of digging the hole to rest my head a little too deep. I uncovered two feet with shoes on...there were human remains everywhere.”

-an unknown soldier

"Men were squashed. Cut in two or divided from top to bottom. Blown into showers; bellies turned inside out; skulls forced into the chest as if by a blow from a club.“

-an unknown soldier

Living in a Nightmare