I had a geology professor in college who wrote an entire paper about how the geology of Gettysburg affected the battle. Going so far as being able to pick out areas of high casualties on a map based on the underlying rock because it was harder to dig in those areas leaving soldiers more exposed
Wow! That sounds amazing! Finding correlation and causation in scienses often overlooked on battlefields. Really interesting what people can find out.
From the day man discovered that ground could stop bullets, everything changed.
Fighter of the nightman
I just realise those 2 mf are fighting on a mf carrier
Yeah I am genuinely curious as to how that ship isn’t sinking
“You guys aren’t ready for that yet, but your kids are gonna love it.”
*Narrator:* Their kids did not in fact love it.
Trench warfare in the American civil war??
We learned nothing of the sort in class
Oh yeah. It was major league stuff, too. Many of them were comparable in scale and complexity to WW1 trench systems.
While the USA was fighting its civil war France was invading Mexico. This was a violation of the USA’s Monroe Doctrine and resulted in the USA and CSA holding the Hampton Roads Conference to discuss ending the civil war early to support Mexico. The representatives at this conference were President Abraham Lincoln of the USA himself and Vice President Alexander Stephens of the CSA. Unfortunately the conference failed and Mexico would not receive US aid for a while
Fortunately it did fail because working with slavers is bad and the confederacy should have been crushed harder than it was in real life.
Actually wasn't trench warfare adopted because in the Second Boer War the Boers fucked the british using trenches and they saw it as a good tactic to use in WW1?
Trench warfare is even older. The first conflict I seem to remember with it being implemented was the Crimean War of the 1850s. But there may be others as well
Wow, a cleverish title. You don't see that everyday. I dig it
I dig it too
That was in the battle of Petersburg wasn’t it? I’ve been rewatching the superb documentary on the civil war by Ken Burns where he covered this. As a Brit, I can say it’s one of the finest documentaries ever made and if you haven’t watched it yet,then do it now.
It’s fascinating how the American civil war is a dry run in many ways to the horror of the Great War.
The Siege of Petersburg would have been the ultimate example, but there are several throughout the war.
The sieges of towns during McClellans Peninsula Campaign. Fredricksberg was heavily entrenched as the army’s faced off during the winter months before Union withdrawal. The Vicksburg siege and campaign lasted so long do to fortifications. The Seven Days Campaign, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor.
In the early part of the war Lee was criticized as the “King of Spades” for overseeing the building of fortifications rather than more gentlemanly forms of warfare like marching and dying into rifle fire.
Am I the only one who occasionally sees kongs fist as his nose
I didn't until I saw your comment. Im never gonna unsee that
Hardly, they didn't learn a damn thing and expected it to be a quick war.
Yeppers. Everybody thought Crimea and the ACW were the exceptions, not a new norm.
Hehe i get the pun
I gotta get one of those
* France in the background ruining mexico*
*proceeds to ignore everything they see and March people in bright uniforms onto wide open fields*
YES!!! MEMES ABOUT THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR'S SIGNIFIGANCE TO WORLD HISTORY!!! OTTO VON BISMARCK KNEW WHAT WAS UP!!! I DIG IT!!!
And learn nothing from it during WW1 and still walk at machine gun fire to get to the other trench 🤦♂️ Generals in WW1 were so dumb
Siege of Petersburg
"That's a surprise tool we'll use later"
I distinctly remember reading that the Chief of the Prussian General-staff, Helmuth von Moltke (the Elder), called the ACW "two armed mobs chasing each other through the countryside", so I don't think they were that interested in it.
Did prove his theories on the importance of Railways though.
WW1 trench warfare was fairly different to the American Civil war, because of the maxim machine gun, which was invented in 1884.
While true, however, the Gatling Gun was explicitly invented to be used in the American Civil War in 1862. So while machine guns for the average rifleman wasn't a thing yet, automatic weaponry absolutely was.
"Trenchfoot good!" - Someone in France (probably)
They should've learned about the effectiveness of machine guns from our civil war.
Hate ur pun now take my upvote you beautiful bastard
Had to scroll back up to upvote for the pun
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