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The Home Run by ChrisRawlins The Home Run by ChrisRawlins
The machine gun, which so came to dominate and even to personify the battlefields of World War One made cavalry attacks and bayonet charges obsolete.

The Machine gun was the most effective weapon in world war one. It killed more than 7 million people.

Machine guns inflicted appalling casualties on both war fronts in World War One. Men who went over-the-top in trenches stood little chance when the enemy opened up with their machine guns.

It was effective enough that a counter measure had to be developed to overcome it. The tank. Even in WW2, Gen Patton stated that the primary weapon of a tank was it's machine gun, and not it's cannon.


Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire
running straight at canon fire
running blind as I hold my breath
say a prayer and embrace death
as we charge the enemy lines
a burst of rounds and we go down
I choke I cry but no one hears
feel the blood go down my throat

Blood is falling like the rain
its crimson cloak unveils again
the sound of guns can't hide their shame
and so we die in Paschendale
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
"Gen Patton stated that the primary weapon of a tank was it's machine gun, and not it's cannon."

True, general.

Unless you encounter another tank.
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WORTEL321 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
That'sdeep
The sad part is that it all happened really and its not some made up story
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ConstantineBlood Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done.It shows a lot of emotion.

(Just saying I think it's spelted Passchedeale,not paschendale)
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Der-Kaiser-1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Very good. Trench warfare was a bloody and dirty mess. That British soldier in this pic must really feel mad/impressed with the Germans right now. Very impressive.
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metalmilitia13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Hey, this is good man. Those lyrics at the bottom of you're comment are from Iron Maiden's song PASCHENDALE. Awesome peace of art by the way.
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DoodleWarfare Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009   Writer
Amazing work, man. And I see you re-used the soldier from Forever England!
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ChrisRawlins Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Thanks. Well spotted.
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Gargu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
He came more then close enough to lob a grenade, though.
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Hibernian-Fool Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
Sometimes, you just run out of hand grenades.
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Gargu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
I heard Australians had no hand grenades. They made their own out of cans.
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Aditj Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering, where's the poem from? Did you come up with it yourself?
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ChrisRawlins Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
I think it may be lyrics from an Iron Maiden song.
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nimm1033 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
Never has an artist who depicts death, made it so life like for me, when i view your work i can almost hear the desolation and futility of war.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
You continue superb and horrifying. Might want to do something with the Lewis Gun, it taught the Hun the definition of mortality when they attacked positions where they didn't see classic Vickers.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very strong Chris
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thedotspace Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW! Hey, where is this shot from originally?
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ChrisRawlins Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
It isn't, it's a photomanip.
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