War had changed in the years leading up to 1914. Never before had armies been so large, never before had there been such a robust and developed rail network to move the troops around, never before had there been such large concentrations of machine guns and artillery. The armies of 1914 were products of strategic and technological choices made in the late 19th and early 20th century. In this episode we discuss the history of those choices and how the European conflicts of the 19th century directly affected how the war was fought in 1914.

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Battle of Leipzig
Battle of Leipzig by Russian Artist A.I. Zauerweid

Gatling Gun
Gatling Gun like the one used in the American Civil War and Franco-Prussian War

Maxim Machine Gun
Maxim Machine Gun by Jonathan Cardy

French 75
French 75 Field Gun