So we finally come to it: the war to end all wars. Well, not really. We still have WWII, the Cold War, the Bosnian Conflict, etc. However, WWI may take the cake for the most brutal conflict of the century. A combination of new technology (including the dreaded gas artillery shells), stagnant fronts, and intense nationalism made WWI one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. At the Battle of the Somme alone over 1,000,000 men lost their lives. You will hear all about this new kind of warfare, the fatal wrong turn that ignited the conflict, and why Germany was pissed off and desperate enough twenty years later to throw their support behind a crazed Austrian painter named Adolf Hitler.
Listen to WWI – The End of a Shaky Peace in Europe: