Battlefield 1 Historical Analysis – In The Name Of The Tsar – They Shall Not Pass I THE GREAT WAR


Welcome to another Great War Battlefield 1 trailer analysis. You guys liked the other one so much and we figured we do another one about one about the two new expansion packs, the French and the Russian content which are called “They Shall Not Pass” and “In The Name Of The Tsar” This is really fun to talk
about lesser known aspects of the war anyhow. And as a little sort of insert here: Markus and I actually wrote a whole bunch of the codex that pop up on on the screen for DICE. Just want to put this out there. Russian First Our Trailer begins with the words of Andreevna
Akhmatova, a famous Russian poet: You will hear thunder and remember me, And
think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard
crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire. A knife is drawn in anger. The knife is actually a dagger, a Caucasian
Cossack Dagger, so our protagonist here might be a Caucasian Cossack. We see an Armoured Train rushing through a
snowy landscape. It appears to be the Zaamurets. The Zaamurets was a monster, even for an armoured
train with up to 16mm of armour, powered by two 60-hp gasoline engines and armed with 76.2
mm Putilov guns. It saw a lot of service and redesigns, first
developed for the Imperial Russian forces in 1916, then the Red Guards captured it and
in the end it was used by the Czech Legion to cross Siberia under the name Orlik. Now, you might think that Armoured Trains are a
pretty weird idea but in World War 1 and the Russian Civil War they played a major role,
and no you can not just blow up the tracks and walk away if the tracks are the only supply
line for you and your enemy. Another thing we can spot are the roundpole
fences, which are typical for Scandinavia but are also common in some Baltic regions,
mainly in Estonia. Two Russian Sikorsky Ilya Muromets are flying
through the clouds. The Russian air force had those powerful four-engined
bombers pretty much from the start of the war. Those planes could transport up to
16 passengers, they had a bedroom and even a toilet. The biggest versions could transport a bomb
load of 800kg – which is a hack of a lot. That’s like 1800 pounds – And defend themselves with 9 machine guns. With an armour of up to 5mm those were the
first flying fortresses. It was also the first airplane with an enclosed
cockpit. We see the Galician battlefield and what looks
like Putilov-Garford armoured cars. They had a 4×2 wheeled chassis they were more
like trucks than cars. Around 48 saw action on the Eastern Front
and were used as shock troops, with a single 76mm mountain gun and two Maxim Guns on the sides. They might be going a bit too fast here, since
their underpowered engines really only allowed up to 10mp/h, that’s 16km/h – on good roads and not the muddy Galician countryside. Generally, armoured cars played an important
role on the Eastern Front, you might’ve heard of the illustrious Belgian Armoured Car Division
that served there for example. The Germans also used them in Romania. Galicia itself was an extremely important battlefield
several times during the war. At the beginning, the Russians and Austro-Hungarians
suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties there at the Battle of Galicia In 1915, 1916 and 1917 the war would return
to this important region. Some Lancers coming up. One on the right is wearing a so called a
“papakha hat”. Those were widespread among troops from the Caucasus, so we might see
a Circassian lancer or a Kuban Cossack here. Cossack cavalry was used against the Germans
during the Gorlice-Tarnow offensive and had a psychological effect but they were
also very skilled riders just in general. And Cavalry, naturally, played a big part on the
huge open spaces of the Eastern Front. Cavalry could be used for surprise attacks, to
rout the enemy, or for scouting ahead. Armoured trains actually would have cavalry support
scouting ahead for example. This is actually the General Liu rifle. A Chinese design. You might be thinking what does China have to do
with the First World War But apart from the Siege of Tsingtao in 1914
and the Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front, there was a lot of stuff going on in
China during the war. So much stuff that it’s already confusing
just thinking about it, you guys should definitely look it up. And we did a special about it, so you can check that out. Just use the search function. We see someone working the German MG 14/17
light machine gun. The Parabellum MG14 was a redesign of the
MG 08: The water-cooling system was replaced, the recoil was reduced and instead of a belt-feeding
system, the ammunition was enclosed into a drum-magazine. It could fire 700 rounds per minute. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it
was any good to be used in ground combat. The choice to replace the water-cooling system
meant that the it would overheat fairly quickly. Which is one reason why the MG 14 was generally used
in aircrafts. Next to the powerful double-barreled shot
gun, we can spot French 155mm “de bange” artillery in the background. Those were effective, but also pretty old
artillery pieces from 1877. Close to 180 of them were given to Russia. We see a quick German advance towards an artillery
position. The wide angle of the guns tell us of foes
far away, maybe at sea, and we see two radio towers, which indicates a substantial position. From the other released promotional material
I would guess that this is a scene from Operation Albion, the German Amphibious operation in
the West Estonian Archipelago. This happened around 100 years ago, and of
course we will talk about it on our show really soon. You can also see a biplane attacking. The Russians
actually used a variety of planes on the Eastern Front and the German
Luftstreitkräfte were also used extensively. Mainly for recon operation. You can see the imperial Russian emblem on
the Sopwith. Interestingly enough, during the battle of
Riga, a lot of Russian pilots were arrested by the Bolsheviks for being part of the upper
class. So the Russian Air Force was pretty much diminished
before the actual landing of the German troops had even begun. And the landings didn’t look much like this. This all looks a bit too much – to me – like Omaha beach which was some 30 years later. The woman we heard speaking earlier is revealed
here. From her military haircut she seems to be
a member of one of the Russian Women’s Battalions of Death. The first one was founded by Maria Bochkareva
in 1917 and fought in the Kerensky Offensive, another women’s battalion was in Petrograd
during the October Revolution. Listen to the sound in the fields. The howling of these fearsome soldiers. They are coming into our midst. To cut the throats of your sons and consorts. To arms citizens Form your battalions. March, march. Let impure blood Water our furrows. And, as you no doubt guessed, this was the Marseillaise, so we are now talking about the French. The French soldier is wearing the standard
field cap and not the obligatory modern Adrian helmet. He looks pretty ragged, and maybe he symbolizes
one of the veterans that fought from the beginning of the war all the way to the end. The medic running past him his wearing his
Adrian Helmet, the French were actually the first to come up with a military helmet in
World War 1 and introduced this in 1915 already. The medic is holding a Fusil Automatique Modèle
1917 semi-automatic rifle. Initially, this rifle was not well received
by the French soldiers but a later version in 1918 improved on these drawbacks. We see some soldiers engaged in underground
warfare, probably at Fort Vaux. Those clean conditions were actually perfect
for the “Chauchat” machine gun, that was so vulnerable to mud and dirt because of its
open magazine. A soldiers is blown sky high, or ceiling high, as high as the ceiling allows it. That underground warfare at forts like Vaux
was fighting at the absolute limits of what humans could endure. The gas and the fumes from all the grenades
and flames would make it hard to breathe and most of the time it was dark as night in there,
because electricity was gone, and oil lamps could not be lit because of the smoke and
gas. The hand grenade was the weapon of choice
here. Fort Vaux was one of many forts that made
the so called Iron Belt in the Verdun Area. The Germans wanted to take Verdun in February
1916 and so they needed take all of these forts one by one. Fort Vaux was one of the most contested ones
and the French fought there without any resupplies, they actually had to lick water from the walls to survive. That dip towards the ground was actually one
of the St. Charmond’s most dangerous exercises. France’s second tank was pretty cumbersome,
and nose heavy due to its 75mm field gun at planted at the front. It performed pretty poorly during the French
offensives in 1917, many fell prey to the German defensive artillery. They were redesigned in 1918 and they also changed
their role from the typical tank to them being more of a mobile artillery platform, in which
they were actually quite effective. But many were just scrapped as supply and
support tanks at that point. It was running on a gasoline-electric engine
actually and was very, very slow. One St. Charmond actually exists today and
you could see it at Tankfest 2017 or at the 2017 military parade in France. We see a large tank advance. One of the smallest tanks of the war, the
Renault FT, alongside one of the biggest, the Char 2C. The Char 2C, or the Char d’assaut de grand
modèle was not only grand in name. It weighed 69 tonnes and was over 10m long, that’s over 30 feet long, right. It sported 4 hotchkiss machine guns and a
powerful shortened 75 canon. It was in production since December 1917 and
was supposed to lead the charges of the 1919 offensives, which of course never happened. But a few prototypes existed. There are similar designs by the British and if the war would have continued it likely would have transitioned to these
rolling fortresses. Such a tank offensive as we can see it here
would be something happening in the final months of the war, after say Hamel when a real combined arms
doctrine was developed, when the true when the true purpose and strategy for the tank was developed and when the tank was reliable enough to be fielded in such big numbers Still, this all would happen much slower. All these explosions actually remind of one
of my favorite WW1 poems. Written by probably my favorite World War 1 poet, Private Baldrick. I think I remember his poem “The German Guns” Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Ils ne passeront pas. They shall not pass, the famous sentence spoken
during the Battle of Verdun, is often associated with Philippe Petain, but was apparently said
by General Robert Nivelle. It was the slogan for the defiant French defense
of the region. You can actually see it written on the monument at the Mort Homme in the Verdun Region which is a very powerful monument and if you are anywhere near there, you should definitely check that out A field of poppies native to the countryside
of Flanders. The poppy soon became the symbol of the fallen
British soldiers, and is nowadays one of the official symbols of remembrance in Great Britain. This gun seems to be the Ribeyrolles 1918,
or Carabine Mitrailleuse . It was one of the first automatic rifles designed by the French,
using a new experimental calibre in a straight blowback system. It was a mix between a carbine and an automatic
support rifle like the Chauchat but it came too late to gain a distinctive role. A heavy shell is loaded. People underestimate how heavy those shells
were. For those howitzers it could be from 130 up to say 340 kilos. and this howitzer seems to be an Ordnance
BL 9.2 inch howitzer, a British model, not used by the French, at least as far as I am
aware. The French artillery did not use such siege
howitzers, at least not in large numbers, They prefered heavy mortars, field artillery,
and train artillery instead. That medieval looking guy actually has a real
life counterpart. He resembles a Nettoyeurs de tranchees, a
so called trench sweeper. They were special forces of France, ordered
to destroy nests of resistance after a successful attack. Very few pictures of them exist and they show
some of them wearing hardened leather or steel plates as body armour. Those goggles in combination with the scarf
are either a primitive version of a gasmask or protection against splinters. Since they engaged the enemy in close combat,
they relied on large amounts of hand grenade and a wide variety of knives and clubs. But overall the French never really deployed
these super specialised assault troops like the Germans or Italians. They pretty much developed modern infantry
tactics throughout the war and were relying more on universal platoons. And the final shot also resembles a very famous
propaganda card of the time. The defiant stance of the French soldiers
in front of a burning and devastated landscape. A cool detail here is the Black French soldier
on the right. He would probably be a member of the Senegalese
Tirailleurs. These soldiers from Senegal but also other
colonial soldiers from the Maghreb region would be on the very front during some of
the attacks at Verdun, Algerian troops also experienced the first German gas attack on the Western Front. You can see them on a lot of propaganda cards
as well. Again, the defiant stance of the French soldier
is also from this time and comes back to the “They Shall Not Pass” that became famous
after the Battle of Verdun and also spread to other fronts afterwards. Alright, well that is it for now. I am sure I’ll hear loads and loads of things in the comments below. And feel free to write just about anything. If you like to see our first BF1 trailer review, you can click right here for that. And I am sure I will hear lots of things from you in the comments and me and Flo and the gang. we really look forward to it. Alright, see you soon.

53 thoughts on “Battlefield 1 Historical Analysis – In The Name Of The Tsar – They Shall Not Pass I THE GREAT WAR

  1. Back when teabagging psycopathic hatchet weilding wannabe's…were still newbies.
    Tracks blown up…btw….can be fixed in a few hours….not many sabotuiors could carry more than a few pounds of dynamite then….C4 was around.

  2. "ARCH A PELIGO"?….AAAAAAHHH….IT IS PRONOUNCED…ARK-A- PELIGO…for christ sake….it's not choo choo….TRY HAND-KERCHIEF…..it's not a big word dude.

  3. Please rename Russian author, she was Anna Akhmatova – Andreevna is her father's name, which included in full Russian names, but it's not her first name.

  4. That fort is indeed Fort Vaux. That map gets cluttered with hand grenades and gas attacks. It gets choked up in the corridors and is a meat grinder.

  5. in a nutshell- not accurate at all. Tannenburg ftw.
    speaking of tannenburg, its a HUGE shame ya'll never talked about Verdun or Tannenburg games except for a measley stream and forgot about while giving a game thats not historically accurate or authentic so much attention.

  6. hey indi, there is a great series about the first world war, she mentions in Flemish fields and can be seen on netflix

  7. I never knew you guys did the codex for Dice, that's so cool, I love those! This is such a fun game, the only one I've ever seen set in the great war in a realistic sort of way.

  8. Why did write "Andreevna Akhmatova", when her name is Anna? In Russia we have such thing as patronyme, so if you don't know how to properly use it, please, avoid doing so. Just write Anna Akhmatova.

  9. The french tank with the long 75mm gun and the Renault RT were both displayed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD prior to 2010 when the Ordnance Museum moved to Ft Lee, VA.

  10. Please do this for Verdun and Tannenberg. The World War 1 Franchise from M2H is the best when it comes to first person shooters and WW1 in my honest opinion 🙂

  11. Explosions remind me of poems too (A Cooked Egg, Eliot, comes to mind for who started all this madness). 11:08 Gandalf looks a little worse for wear after the War. More demons than Moria came up out of the pit 100 years ago.

  12. "Andreevna Akhmatova"! Lol, really no Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian over there to finally teach the developers what the patronym is, and why it is *not* a second name ands should not be used like that. This alone will discourage me from buying Battlefield 1 Russian campaign.

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