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Which era would have been the worst era to be a soldier?

Discussion in 'World History' started by sendos, Oct 27, 2020.

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Which era was the worst era to be a soldier?

  1. Ancient/classical era (4000BC to 500AD) - swords, spears, bows and shields

    3 vote(s)
    13.0%
  2. Medieval era (500AD - 1600AD) - add better armor, some rudimentary gunpowder weapons

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  3. Renaissance (1600-1900) - add muskets, more advanced gunpowder

    3 vote(s)
    13.0%
  4. WWI (1910-1920) - trench warfare

    14 vote(s)
    60.9%
  5. WWII (1939-1945) - more dakka

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  6. Mid 20th century - even more dakka

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Modern day - add drones with that dakka

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. Zardnaar

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    Gallipoli gets the popular attention here but Passchendaele was our biggest blood bath.

    The odds were not good for enlisted men if you joined 1914 to making it to 1918.

    Earlier wars easier to reset. It was kind of like a job. Don't want to be there leave but that could get you executed.

    That happened a lot less in WW2.
     
  2. EgonSpengler

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    Yeah, there were a lot of Canadians and Scots there, too, I think.
     
  3. Akka

    Akka Moody old mage.

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    Or Verdun. I think Verdun might be even worse, due to its deliberate attempt to be a battle of attrition, and as such to draw out the fighting as long as possible in a purposeful slaughter.
     
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  4. Kyriakos

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    In the classical age you'd still see - from time to time - personal combat between champions (or generals) of armies.
    One of the most famous cases being, of course, Pyrrhos, who was basically a hero apart from a great general.
     
  5. Ajidica

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    I'm going to buck the trend and go with the 30 Years War. All the muck of the Great War, with even more plague and without the benefit of a modern logistics network.
     
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