How did artillery bombardments cause casualties in WWI?

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I have changed your question to refer to World War I rather than World War II.  Artillery bombardments were much more a part of the earlier war.  In addition, your other two questions, about Spanish influenza and “shell shock,” clearly belong to WWI.

Artillery bombardments were a tactic that was used quite often in World War I.  They were used because of the nature of the trench warfare that typified combat on the Western Front in...

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