It was ‘the war to end all wars’, comprising over 60 million troops and lasting four grueling years. When the First World War broke out in 1914, few would have envisioned the bloody scenes that came to pass. In the fight for freedoms, millions died, civilian and soldier alike.
Despite the bloodshed, the thirst for fresh recruits amongst the European powers never ceased. Men who in the normal course of events would never have joined the army suddenly became troops on the front line.
As millions rushed into battle, army officials across the continent began to pay more and more attention to the type of training their new recruits were receiving.
So how did soldiers from both sides prepare for War?