Battlefield 1 – Historical Gameplay Trailer Analysis I THE GREAT WAR Special


Another Battlefield 1 Trailer was released
last week and since a lot of you were keen on learning about the history behind the first
trailer, we will analyse this trailer too. N ow, some of the gear that was shown in the
first trailer was pretty experimental and rare, so we didn’t know about it. If you
spot anything that we missed or got something wrong, just write to us in the comments, it’s
always cool for us to learn something new. The first 20 seconds of the trailer show a
possibly broken British Mark IV tank surrounded by German soldiers in various gear. The surrounding
area looks like the outskirts of a battlefield. It’s hard to make out individual equipment
and weaponry. The soldier in front is wearing a holstered Mauser C96 or Luger 08 with the
stock on his chest. Both handguns were very famous and were produced till long after the
war. In combination with the stock, they could be used as a Carbine and German stormtroopers
liked to use them for trench assaults. You might ask yourself why the Germans are
not simply blowing up the tank? After the introduction of British tanks on the Western
Front in September 1916, the Germans actually capture some of these to study and even used
them in battle. Germany only produced 20 of their A7V tanks due to the lack of resources
and problems with manufacturing. We can see the interior of the tank and what
might be protagonists of the story mode of the game. Two things are interesting to see
here: First of all, the tank might seem pretty spacious to you and the crew might be pretty
big. But a Mark IV was actually operated by a crew of 8. The A7V I mentioned even had
18 crewmen in various roles like arming the secondary weapons on the sides or observing
and controlling the engine. Then there is a pigeon flying out of the tank. Pigeons were
extremely important means of communications during the war. And yes, even the tanks used
them for signalling or messaging the HQ. Some pigeons were even awarded medals for delivering
important messages under fire. If you want to learn more about communications in WW1,
check out our episode about that by clicking the i in the right corner of this video. The gun fired in close up is definitely the
C96 – might look to familiar to you because it was the inspiration for Han Solo’s blaster
in Star Wars. The next 10 second scene is a combined assault
of airplanes and tanks somewhere on the western front. We see windmills again which I guess
makes this Northern France or Belgium. There is a Mark IV tank and the crew running towards
it. And then we cut to the assault itself. The Mark IV tank is the “male” version
of the tank with two 6-pounder 57-mm guns on the side The soldier on the right side
seems to carry the Lewis Light Machine Gun that was used throughout the war. The plane
flying above is likely a Sopwith Camel, a popular single-seat biplane fighter airplane
flown on the Western Front from 1917, and what Snoopy said his doghouse was when he
was pretending to be a World War One flying ace. What seem to be multiple Sopwith Camels-
it’s hard to make out due to the pace of the trailer and the editing- are attacking
a Zeppelin together. A few things I want to say about this. A lot
of people asked us if the planes are too fast. Well, a Sopwith Camel, for example, could
reach 113 mph (182 km/h) and so could a Fokker D.VII – now you have to say if that is too
fast in this trailer, I don’t know. Anyway, let’s talk about the combined assault of
aircraft, infantry, and tanks. This is something you would only see in the very late stages
of World War 1 where a lot of things were done and tested that really looked liked warfare
as we got to know it in World War 2. In the stalemate of 1916 on the Western Front, this
approach was not seen like this, but again: The first tanks were used around that time,
so you can see the development. Finally, I want to talk about the Zeppelin
WHICH IS FLYING TOO DAMN LOW. To my knowledge, German Zeppelins were used for strategic bombing
of cities and for scouting and recon. Not so much directly at the front line. They were
great for their roles in the early stages of the war because they could fly higher than
any fighter plane could fly or any artillery gun could shoot. Now, after incendiary bullets
were used and dedicated anti-aircraft guns were used, the Zeppelins had a much harder
time. There would have been absolutely no reason for a Zep to fly that low and over
an active battlefield for that matter. You can see Flak shells exploding in the sky too,
and even though a Zeppelin was not as easy to crack as you might think, this would have
been a waste of resources which Germany did not have. Also, the fighter planes were not
designed for these kind of attacks very close to the ground maneuvering through obstacles.
But that of course doesn’t mean that skilled pilots couldn’t pull off incredible things
with them. The next brief scene features some tanks on
the ground again. On the right side is a French Renault FT tank. Probably the most important
tank design of the whole war and pretty damn close to our modern understanding of the tank.
Patton was a big fan of these in World War 1. The green box on wheels you see in the
middle is the German A7V tank I mentioned. It was actually called Sturmpanzerwagen- something
like armoured assault vehicle and that’s much closer to its capabilities. It could
reach a top speed of 18 km/h (9mp/h) on roads and only half of that cross country. Seems
to be a bit fast in this scene. The plane on the right could be a Gotha IV bomber but
please correct me if I am wrong. In the background you can see barrage balloons. In our first
analysis I thought these were observation balloons but actually they are too close to
the front for that. Barrage balloons are basically obstacles that protect against enemy aircraft
because they make the approach more difficult. I am bit puzzled from the weapon but it could
be a Mexican Mondragon rifle, one of the first semi-automatic rifles adopted by a military.
The German Army used a few thousand of these for their airmen observers which they could
use while in flight. The next scene is shown from the perspective
of someone carrying the Bergmann MP 18 which was the first submachine gun widely used in
combat. It was introduced as the primary assault weapon of German stormtroopers in 1918. At
least 5000 were used during the Kaiserschlacht, the last big German offensive on the Western
Front. He stabs the enemy soldier with a bayonet. Haven’t seen an MP18 with a bayonet or spike
like this and to my knowledge the original design did not feature a bayonet mount. Let
me know if you have other information. The soldier that gets stabbed is wearing the
Gaede helmet again. An experimental German helmet tested in the Vosges in 1915 because
there were a lot of issued with flying rocks and debris there. The weight of the mask made
it impractical which is why it was melted in after the testing. We already saw this
in the last trailer and I actually didn’t know it. But we got a lot of tips from our
fans including a great book about body armour in WW1 which we will link to in the description.
The German soldier is wearing the regular German model 1915 greatcoat. We’re in the desert again which we already
saw in the first trailer. You can see another Sopwith flying by. And on the ground an armoured
car is zooming through the sand. This is a Rolls-Royce Armoured Car which was used in
the Middle Eastern theatre and very briefly in the early mobile stages of the Western
Front. They were used in squads and offered mobile protection against enemy aircraft and
infantry. Armoured Cars were also used on the Eastern Front for example by the Belgian
Armoured Car Division – something you should definitely look up if you don’t know the
story. The protagonist here seems to hold a Beretta OVP submachine gun which is an Italian
design based on an aircraft submachine gun called the Villar Perosa. 00:42 – 00:50
The next scene is a British assault on a village. Generally this looks very much like a commando
style assault. Again, in the very late stages of the war, you had pretty much modern warfare
and even during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 there were villages that had to be taken
from the enemy. But this kind of assault is not really representative of the entire war
and in the context of this trailer, I am especially missing the trenches here. The villages in
1916 were entrenched fortifications which didn’t resemble a village in the classical
sense anymore. By the way, the protagonist here is carrying a very rare Italian Cei-Rigotti
– an early automatic rifle created around 1900. Really really rare. The soldier on the very right seems to be
an Australian or New Zealand Army Corps – ANZAC – since he seems to wear a slouch hat in their
typical fashion. Gurkhas and the US troops also wore hats like this but in a different
style. It could be a German colonial Schutztruppe hat too but then again this soldier is advancing
with other British or ANZAC troops. The ANZACS fought in the Middle East and on the Western
Front and are mostly remembered for the Battle of Gallipoli. The same goes for the next scene. House to
house combat was not a standard situation in the war. Squad and Platoons that would
take autonomous decisions to reach an objective were something new when the Germans implemented
it for their stormtroopers. And of course the Entente changed their infantry doctrine
too but let’s not forget that WW1 and trench warfare are very much connected in the narrative
for a reason. The player is holding a Hotchkiss machine gun here which was a French LMG which
was also adopted by the British and American Army and it was fed by that recognisable 30-round
strip-magazine. The field gun firing at the house looks like
the updated 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 used by the German Army in WW1. We can also briefly see
a Winchester Model 1912 trench shotgun with some not so historical attachments. This is all going really fast now and even
by pausing you don’t see all the details, so be kind if I miss something. The most prominent
vehicle in the next scene is the military version of a Harley Davidson. And yes, these
were actually used in battle. With mounted machine guns and side cars, they were used
in squadrons. They could also be equipped to transport wounded soldiers quickly. The
guy in the sidecar is holding the MP18 again. Notably, the weather is also different in
this scene which just reminded me what a big role weather played in this war. During the
Battle of Paschendale, soldiers were drowning, and I mean really drowning in mud, they would
sink into the mud so deep that they couldn’t be pulled out anymore. On the Eastern Front,
winter made fighting only possible sporadically and in the spring, the Russians and Germans
would fight on little boats. Whole armies froze to death in the mountains of the Carpathians,
the Caucasus and the Dolomites. Anyway, it looks really muddy here already but not Paschendale
muddy. We are on the Italian Front again inside a
French Renault FT tank. The Italians did develop some odd tank prototypes but these never saw
action. The Zeppelin is flying too damn low again. With the hills and slopes, you could
basically shoot this one out of the sky with a few field guns. We see a Fokker DR1 triplane
flying by again. That’s Dutchman Anthony F-O-K-K-E-R for you. Unlike the last trailer,
this one is painted blue. Like I said, the planes of some German Squadrons were painted
in a variety of patterns, not just red. And while the DR1 is really iconic, there are
a few more German planes that were more deadly. Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, also
flew different variations of the Albatross fighter with deadly precision. Another detail here is the base in the background.
You notice that this is a very rocky area and the Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops
really had to blast their defenses into the rock. You can still find whole caverns and
redoubts up on the peaks till this day. Now we’re in the cockpit of a fighter, not
really sure which one. Though the machine guns firing seem to be the German LMG 08 – the
L here is for Luft and means this is the aerial combat version of the German MG08. The machine
guns are firing through the rotating propeller which was still pretty new in 1916. The Germans
Air Force used synchronisation gear – again designed by Fokker – for the first time in
1915 and that period was known as the Fokker Scourge because for the first time pilots
were able to use their plane and aim it in the direction they were shooting. The plane
is also shooting rockets at the Zeppelin. Rockets in WW1? Yes, these are Le Prieur rockets
which were designed to take down balloons and airships. The range was very limited though,
so you had to get close to land a hit. Now we are on the bridge of a zeppelin. Anyway,
it must feel great to fly one of those around which is my completely unhistorical analysis
of this scene. Unless of course the thing explodes into a ball of fire like we see in
the next scene. To my knowledge Zeppelin crews did not carry parachutes. So, when a Zep goes
down, you could jump or be melted. Tough choice. The way the Zeppelin explodes here is pretty
accurate as you can see the fire creeping through the different compartments it had.
You might be wondering where the German Iron Cross marking is on the side of the Zeppelin,
but this is actually the German marking called Balkenkreuz which was established later in
the war. The guy watching the Zeppelin go down is wearing the C96 Mauser with the stock
I mentioned before, though this one is actually the really rare Carbine version with a longer
barrel and all. The more common version is actually the pistol with a stock attached. We can see a soldier of the British Indian
Army who is killing an enemy soldier with a melee weapon. Over 1 million Indian soldiers
fought on all kinds of fronts of World War 1, most notably in the Middle East and on
the Western Front. The German soldier that is getting killed is again wearing the extremely
rare Gaede helmet. The next scene looks like a real WW1 battlefield
again barely resembling nature anymore. You can see another ANZAC soldier on the left. A lot of air action, I am almost getting dizzy.
And a motorbike again. Might be the Harley from earlier. Could be an Indian Powerplus
too. We are back at the artillery scene we saw
in the first trailer. The first thing I noticed here: -Why is the guy loading the gun also
wearing his marching gear? Let’s also talk about the mustache of his comrade. Before
the war, we pretty much had the golden age of the mustache and British soldiers were
actually required to grow one. But it turned out that facial hair gets in the way of gas
masks properly sealing which led to clean shaving requirements for the soldiers. We
see three guns firing. That is not even a drop in the ocean of artillery usage in World
War 1. By the time this battle of Verdun ended, it is estimated that as many as 65,000,000
shells were used by the French and German armies, and that 75% of the over 700,000 casualties
were caused by artillery fire. We can also see the shells flying through the air which
just reminded me that the first man made object that reached she stratosphere was the shells
of the Paris Gun. A giant piece of German artillery that covered such a great distance
that the rotation of the earth had to be accounted for aiming. Interesting detail: The German
soldier looking at the incoming fire is wearing a protective face mask. There is another scene after the logo which
we also know from the first trailer. The cavalry charge in the desert. It now looks like the
cavalry is attacking the armoured train. This reminds me of the Arab Revolt which used more
guerrilla style tactics against the Ottoman Empire and was supported by the British through
T.E. Lawrence- better known as Lawrence of Arabia. One of the riders is wearing a kind
of body armour vest. These were used and tested in the WW1 but I am not really sure how good
these would be for riding a horse. The sabre looks like the Pattern 1796 light cavalry
sabre. Well, that was the trailer. Again, let me
know if we missed anything – it was really Cool to learn about the experimental equipment
from the community last time. My general impression is that this is going
to be a pretty fast paced game and that it mostly took the very last parts of the war
as a blueprint and spiced that up with some over-the-top action. You see a big focus on
automatic or semi-automatic guns even though the reality of WW1 was more focused on classic
bolt action rifles and their carbine version. If you are interested in all the handguns
and their history, we will put some links in the description for videos you should check
out. If you are curious to learn about the development
of modern war and what happened before, drop by our channel and check out our ongoing weekly
series that follows World War 1 exactly 100 years later. If you are especially interested
in tactics and strategies, check out our episode about stormtroopers. Don’t forget to subscribe.
See you next time.

100 thoughts on “Battlefield 1 – Historical Gameplay Trailer Analysis I THE GREAT WAR Special

  1. This is something I have a slight problem with. Why is the soldier at 17:16 firing his weapon at soldiers while having an anti aircraft sight? Yes btw I have the game and you can equip the AA sight on all machine guns.

  2. Its a Game a Game !! Its not mentioned to be realistic . Yeah yeah its in WW1 but battlefield was no so realistic IS a little bit arcade .

  3. When you described the three artillery pieces firing, you forgot to mention that these were German Morsers 210 being faired by British garrisons, a pretty odd situation and hard to beleive it actually happened

  4. If anyone here has actually played the game by now, you know how good of a decision it was to have the zeppelin fly so low.

  5. I don't really care WHEN and HOW MUCH things are presented or how accurately it's presented. Be it guns, vehicles, or people. All that matters to me is that they're told in GENERAL Because I love learning about them 🙂 this was such a learning experience for me especially after reading the codex a bit.

  6. The truth of the matter is that releasing a realistic WWI shooter would have bored to death 99% of the game audience. What fun would an average teenager, with close to no knowledge of WWI, get in real trench warfare? None. So here's what the game's devs did. They reconducted the all-too-familiar WWII shooter gameplay, that has proved so successful over the years, and gave it a new WWI "flavour" by introducing WWI weapons and uniforms. And they didn't stop there. To spice the game up, they had to speed up the pace of the battle and feature extremely rare weapons or equipements, which make it even more unrealistic.

    Verdun is just a bit more realistic, still I wouldn't call it a genuine WWI warfare reenactment.

  7. The problem with Trench Warfare in games is it would probably get boring for many players because it is somewhat monotonous.

  8. I drive tracked vehicles at work. A modern JD 323 tops out at 9mph, pushing the engine beyond what's safe for it. In fact, I've never used a tracked vehicle that had a spedometer. I love playing BF1 in my limited free time, but I always get a chuckle speeding over trenches and down shell holes in an A7v going faster than my 92' Toyota camry! They did a lot of research to make the game fun and immersive, but to do that many adjustments where made to combat tactics, equipment availability, and equipment effectiveness. Also, two of the six German classes are African males, and according to my knowledge, Germany had less than ten enlisted African men, and they were all musicians, not marksmans or officer cavalry as depicted in multiplayer.

  9. The MP18 doesn't have a Baionet mount I noticed in the game that it's just a makeshift spike watch is basicly tightened on with a bolt

  10. i have a question, do you even review on the thing you said or you just really know or remember it because that is so cool to know almost everything about WW1

  11. The mp 18 did have a bayonet mound, but you can’t see it very well, and was also very small.thats why it was more the bayonet straped on the gun with the circle metal, then actually using what the gun already had for you

  12. as for the last bit of the trailer, regarding the armor on the horse rider: in WW1, heavy cavalry still carried breastplates (the french "courassiers" and the italian "corazzieri" for example) as defense against blades (at the time it was still considered plausible a cavalry-vs-cavalry combat, and a breastplate can stop or deflect a spear thrust or a sabre slash pretty effectively), but i know of such units used only on the western front and not on the middle-eastern theatre. Also, that sabre is the light, curved Light Cavalry model, while, for having a breastplate, the rider should be armed with the straight Heavy Cavalry pattern sword

  13. Hay Indy i have to questions one did any british citizens think the Zeppelins were UFOs or anything like it. I was wondering because in many pictures i think Zeppelins look like UFOS and were there any major Welsh army groups like from Wales

  14. Yes and in the summer the men were complaining because the ground was like rock so they couldn't dig trenches .

  15. that is mostly made out of multyplayer maps, the campaighn maps are more realistic beacause thare are lots of trenches in towns

  16. Battlefield 1, a reskinned World War 2 clone. I just wanted 1 WHOLE MAP IN THE EASTERN FRONT TRENCHES, NO FOREST OR TOWN OR ANYTHING JUST TRENCHES

  17. I'm a big battlefield fan and the desert clip with the Italian smg has a optical sight whilst in game doesn't have any specail sight only iron sights

  18. I have not played this game, but I have covered three years of content on this channel and I have to say- It takes a special sort of skill to not get once single scene in two trailers look like WW1, with all the characters and weapons and costumes of WW1.

  19. Late comment but why is there an optical version of the automatico abd why did they added it in the game 7:36

  20. Someone could walk faster than a most tanks like the mark series kf tanks, the Rip withs would be struggling to do verticle climrs(yes they could for a shot but still), those seem like theres to many scouting ballonns and some of those are probably barrage balloons which during the bombing of britain used to make bombing of britain less accurate

  21. I play Battlefield 1 and this is a video of the game play…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFteJo0h3q4

    Enjoy the music!!

  22. Optics, a bayonet on the end of an MP18, too much non trench scenery, and some positioning details incorrect. The last one is likely due to gameplay, but for the others I am a bit saddened that they weren't more authentic, DICE dropped the ball on those. To their credit though there are trenches on that village map but still far too few probably.

  23. I don’t mean to sound like a know it all but the tanks are mkV tanks you can tell by the vents on the back of the tank

  24. At 15:04 the ''Aussie'' has his hat turned up on the right hand side. Aussie hats are turned up on the left.

  25. Wait a minute isn't the German tank supposed to shoot out the infantry with this machine gun when it goes by totally inaccurate

  26. Hey great video indie I have not played a Battlefield game since the PS2 days I just started watching your channel as well I'll say this though my experience with the old Battlefield games is that a lot of them happy you need for hidden weapons are very rare and unusual oh yeah

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