Listen to What the End of a War Sounds Like
Published at : 16 Dec 2020
Few conflicts in the history of mankind have been as bloody and as loud as the Great War.
It was the first truly global clash in which more than a dozen nations from each continent participated. As a stalemate took hold, thunderous artillery rained down on all sides.
Verdun, Somme, Tannenberg, Cambrai, and the Argonne, are some of the fiercest battles and offensives that occurred between 1914 and 1918.
During these four years, more than 10 million soldiers perished under the foot of the latest military innovations of the time, as they faced off against the destructive fire rate of machine guns, unforgiving gas attacks, and barrages of shells.
Europe's once beautiful grasslands turned into the trenches of No Man's Land, full of mud, gunpowder, rats, and gigantic craters of artillery impacts.
The cacophony of war was terrible. Bullets flying everywhere, machine guns firing, tanks rolling by, and artillery crashing down from the sky were part of everyday life in the trenches.
However, it all changed on November 11, 1918, when at 11AM, the Western Front battlefields went utterly silent…
It was the signal that World War 1 had finally ended, and it was captured on audiotape.