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Comments 439 Comments

IamgRiefeR7
"Why didn't Britain focus on special forces?"

"They already had Canadians."
lindsey607
Did I hear that correctly, Italy had motivated troops? Hilarious! Even the frenchys had more guts. Just stating the facts.
Mayhem296
I had a whole rant about the mindset of the ANZAC troop during WW1, However the best thing to see for yourself is a miniseries called ANZACs (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088479/). There are torrents of the miniseries I highly recommend it. When it was made WW1 Diggers watched it and said that it was the best characterisation of them matership between diggers in ANZAC for WW1. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Australia Day
Indy I have heard that that the Australian troop when on strike because of the continued use of them as shock troop is this true. Love the channel
scottski02
"Sometimes it's fun to be me."
More like all the time
Orgon Solo
Methinks Indy is more than a little bit hungover here :D
Chris Musix
That's RIGHT you better answer all my questions about the First World War! Rawwwrr!
Karl Tomkins
New Zealand troops were good for shock troops due to the Maori soldiers and their tribal warfare culture. The Maori started trench warfare and had underground bunkers as a way of protecting there forts against colonel troops and artillery during the New Zealand land wars. New Zealand doesn’t get mentioned a lot in this respect
Patrick Holt
My guess about the reputation of Canadian and Anzac soldiers is that they might have been bigger and huskier on the average than British troops, due to better diet in the lower population density colonies, and in particular they may have been eating more meat especially than the industrial working class in Britain who were noticeably stunted by malnutrition.
Zion Molina
What if French Indochina was a Central Power ?
Sea Raider
At 7:08 the second fellow from the right, carrying an entrenching tool and a rifle, appears to be wearing something on his helmet. (Looks to me like an Ancient Greek style adornment) I know it was common for soldiers in the trenches to modify their equipment, is it possible for anyone to share some insight into wether soldiers would decorate their helmets like this?
Jonnythehatguy11
Interesting you bring up Canadians and Austrailians as the British equivalent to shock troops. As a Canadian I've done alot of my own reading as well as visited local museums about Canadian tactics and specifically how they differed from those of the British. One reason for this I learned is that while the Canadians were the most significant Colonial presence on the Western Front they were still limited in number to those when compared to the main British army. This allowed and almost forced troop tactics to remain far more economical as each soldier was more valuable simply because there was less of them. As the number of troops was less, Canadian Troops were allowed to train harder and with more squad coordination as it required way less time to train troops on newly developed tactics. Also it should be said that Aurther Currie played a large part in Canadian success as he was unwilling to simply throw large amounts of men into MGs like his English contemporaries. Demanding proper troop organization and training for any upcoming attacks that would use shock troops.
randomguy9113
As a Canadian of course I'm gonna say this but the Canadians were probably the closest thing the British had to shock troops. Not to denounce the Australians at all but considering that Canada is geographically closer to Europe they were therefore able to keep their 4 divisions up to strength especially after conscription. This fact alone is why the Canadians were able to chase the Germans all the way to Mons in the last 100 days of the war.
brukernavn340
8 people didn't get their questions answered
Jazepi
Thanks for answering my question! Great answer.
spenser johnson
It would be cool to have a ticker tape scrolling along the bottom updating us with extra facts and figures, as well as a blow-by-blow of the action on the western front, even when quiet.
David Van Niedek
Ohh yeah baby! Canadian Storm Troops
Yvon Tripper
I remember watching a Canadian series called the Valour and Horror, which said that Australia and Canada were less industrialized than Britain or France during World War I, and so more of their troops were agricultural workers who were more prepared for trench life (digging, dealing with the elements, etc.) so they got a reputation as being superior troops (but that by World War II that had all changed).
Done2TheDeadGuy
Hi Indy. Another question, Why does every one says that Germeny somehow had to break the blockade? You earlier mentioned that exports were blocked maybe in December of 1914 or January of 1915 But German Industry was capable of doing and their economy didn't suffer any thing worse and imports were allowed too as it was the rule of the war. So what advantage would it give? Hope you Answer
Eric B
Germans were affraid of Canadians because they didnt break the line when gas got used, they tough(if i remember right) they were ghosts.
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