World War I: Assignment

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Assignment 2 - Canada and WWI - The War Front 1 - Four M.A.I.N. causes and the spark that started WWI. (5 marks) A. Explain the following 4 key terms and discuss how each of them contributed, or led to, the start of WWI: * Militarism (e.g. Arms Race, Naval Race) * Pre-war Alliances (e.g. Triple Entente, Triple Alliance) * Imperialism (e.g. conflict over colonies) * Nationalism (e.g. Germany, Serbia)m Militarism was of the 4 keys that let to the start of World War I. With the enlargement of empires, the Great Powers advanced their military resources for their protection. The Great Powers found war as a solution for conflicts as well as, attain their goals. In order to protect its empire, Britain introduced the largest…show more content…
The trenches were cold and damp in the winter and often flooded by heavy rain. Oversized rats lingered around the trenches causing the spread of diseases as they were inflated by the food and waste of armies. Lack of hygiene also caused the spread of diseases. Soldiers caught lice which was later known to be the cause of trench fever which caused headaches, fevers etc. Many soldiers developed trench foot, a frostbite like infection that led to extreme pain and caused the feet to swell and turn black. Trench foot also led to amputation in serious cases. Soldiers were in constant fear of their life as they were regularly killed by snipers/shells. Many wounded were left to die as rescue attempts were to dangerous. Due to the constant hardships of the trench life and the inability to defend themselves caused mental exhaustion. Soldiers also had unpleasant chores like cleaning latrines, filling sandbags and repairing duckboards. The Canadian Expeditionary Force was an overseas force that was made up of volunteers. The CEF was assembled by the Canadian government in 1914. Out of the 630,000 of Canadians that volunteered or were conscripted, only 424,000 went overseas. The Canadian Expeditionary force played an important part in the First World War. They had huge parts in many major battles of Ypres (1915), the Somme (1916), Vimy Ridge (1917) and Passchendaele (1917). In the battle of Ypres, Germans unleashed chlorine gas towards the French divisions. The French fled from their positions, leaving the Canadian left flank unprotected. Canadians fought hard for their position, which resulted in 6000 Canadians killed. The battle of Ypres viewed the Canadians as tough as well as dependable. The battle of Somme lead Canadian expeditionary force to other major assaults. The battle of Passchendaele was very risky for the Canadian troops as the conditions were unsafe. They were urged to fight by Sir Douglas Currie, who
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