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Notes 11/2 - Friday 11:07 AM Class Notes Themes The war...

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11/2/07 Friday, November 02, 2007 11:07 AM Class Notes     Themes:  The war experience at the front and home   Topics: The outbreak of the war and its fighting Soldiers lives Attitudes toward the war at home National economies   I. The war and its start a. The outbreak: June-August 1914 i. June 28, 1914: assassination of Franz Ferdinand ii. 2 main t b. 2 main theaters of battle, plus several subsidiary ones i. Western Front ii. Eastern Front, but also iii. Middle East, Italian, Balkan, Pacific, Sea, and Air Fronts 1. First real use of planes as instruments is during this war   II. Soldiers' Experiences a. Changing attitudes i. Soldiers went into this war thinking it was a heroic opportunity to show  their manhood. Thought it would only take 3 or 4 months to sort out, and  everyone would go home. ii. Front conditions and experiences 1. Christmas of 1914 truce  Soccer games beginning in no man's  land. Officers agreed not to fight on Christmas and ate and drank  together. Still humanity about individual relationships that is  destroyed by the fact that the war kept going for years. This  would never happen again.
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