Daily Life During World War I by Neil Heyman

By Neil Heyman

What was once lifestyles rather like for the normal soldier, sailor, airman, and civilian in the course of global warfare I? used to be it assorted for the British, French, and americans than it used to be for the Germans? This paintings brings to existence the army and civilian reports of standard humans on either side of the struggle. This narrative makes a speciality of how males have been recruited and informed, the gear they used, what they ate, trench war as a lifestyle, and the phenomenon of strive against.

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6. , 25. Equipment and Rations 39 7. Denis Winter, Death’s Men: Soldiers of the Great War (London: Penguin Books, 1978), 110. On American bayonet training, see James H. : Lynne Rienner, 2000), 53–54. 8. Philip J. Haythornthwaite, The World War One Source Book (London: Arms and Armour Press, 1992), 380–81. 9. Ibid. 10. Leonard V. Smith, Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division during World War I (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994), 188, 226. 11. Hallas, Doughboy War, 183–84, 209.

The Germans and French followed suit. The German light machine gun, the MG 08/15, weighed thirty-nine pounds. As its name indicated, it was a modified version of the army’s standard machine gun: This lighter gun retained the original MG 08’s watercooled system and belt-fed ammunition. The French had the least success in meeting the need for a light weapon with the firepower of a machine gun. Their 8-mm Model 1915 or Chauchat with its 20-round drum was notorious for jamming in the midst of battle, and the air-cooled weapon’s light weight—barely twenty pounds—was little compensation for soldiers put in peril by its unreliability.

That was followed by a period on active duty, then a return to civilian life. 1 Although there was some resistance to the call-up, especially in rural communities where bringing in the harvest seemed a high priority, only an insignificant number of reservists failed to report for duty. Recruitment and Training 13 In a society where military values were celebrated, most young Germans apparently accepted their obligation to serve with equanimity. Recruiting for specific units was tied to a designated geographical area.

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