Bloodiest frontier in WWI?

Sep 2010
9,988
Bahrain
A friend and I had an argument over which was the bloodiest frontier in WWI (ah, good old history arguments :lol:). He was convinced that it was the Italian Frontier. I'm telling him it was the Western Front.

So can anyone set the record straight ? :eek:
 

Kevinmeath

Ad Honoris
May 2011
14,135
Navan, Ireland
Haven't the figures to hand but I think its really how you want to view it and play with statistics.

The Western Front was the biggest most violent , cutting edge of technology, priority for the 'main' powers etc the 'Main Front'.

That doesn't mean other fronts were not nasty or less bloody but different. The Italian front for instance was much smaller but fought in the Alps -- is that possible? well yes but very difficult.

So I'd say there is no frony was the 'worse' answer except the 'West' was the main front.
 

bartieboy

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
6,616
The Netherlands
Well when looking at artillery barages, aerial battles and men lost per km2 it is definitely the western front, which was also the most important of ww1
 
Dec 2011
156
Paris
Hello,

Could you please elaborate on "bloody" ? In terms of overall casualties, or % ? Population loss ?

In most cases, the Western Front was the bloodier, most violent of all. The Italian front was very hard, for sure, but only during vast offensives did real casualties go up. But in the end, the numbers tend to show the Alpine front as a sideshow (aprox. 1.7 million casualties versus 13 million dead on the Western Front).
 

bartieboy

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
6,616
The Netherlands
Hello,

Could you please elaborate on "bloody" ? In terms of overall casualties, or % ? Population loss ?

In most cases, the Western Front was the bloodier, most violent of all. The Italian front was very hard, for sure, but only during vast offensives did real casualties go up. But in the end, the numbers tend to show the Alpine front as a sideshow (aprox. 1.7 million casualties versus 13 million dead on the Western Front).
If you ask me which fronts are most important I'd say
1. French/belgian front
2. Russian front
3. Balkan/italian front
4. Mesopotamian front
5. Dardanelles front
6. African front
7. Pacific front

Did I miss a spot?
 
Dec 2011
156
Paris
If you ask me which fronts are most important I'd say
1. French/belgian front
2. Russian front
3. Balkan/italian front
4. Mesopotamian front
5. Dardanelles front
6. African front
7. Pacific front

Did I miss a spot?
Hi,

If one were fussy, he could argue that the Atlantic was naval front.
 

bartieboy

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
6,616
The Netherlands
Hi,

If one were fussy, he could argue that the Atlantic was naval front.
One could say that, and sure, while it was important it was insignificant in terms of casualties... I would not call a naval theatre a front
 
Oct 2011
2,410
Moscow
I believe these figures can give answer on your question

[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Verdun"]Battle of Verdun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brusilov_Offensive"]Brusilov Offensive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme"]Battle of the Somme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]





[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties]World War I casualties - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
 

bartieboy

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
6,616
The Netherlands
You would expect Belgium to have taken more casualties then the USA.
A nice graph to give a clear overview...
Somethimes it is just hard to imagine that we are still talking about peoples lives here... Regular people like you and me...