Total War - Understanding the First World War
Updated: May 11
The idea of total war - which has come back into use during the Covid-19 pandemic - is usually associated with the Second World War. In fact, it had already come into being, out of necessity, during WW1, as the combatant nations began to understand that this was an existential conflict in which defeat could mean national destruction. William Philpott argues that attrition was a natural component of such a war. Hear him at unknownwarriorspod.co.uk. An Understanding History podcast. Free for all.