WW1 "drumfire" artillery barrage sound effect
What WW1 drumfire artillery barrage mightve sounded like LOUD

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This is a very light attempt at making a somewhat realistic sound effect that conveys what World War One artillery barrages sounded like. No movie (exception maybe for the attack scene from Paths of Glory), sound effect, and certainly no video game, i have ever seen comes even close to representing the fury of thousands of guns turning an area into the moon. This is what the soldiers who fought at Verdun, Ypres and the Somme had to deal with for days on end; but i think this doesn't even come close. if it was fully realistic, you would only hear white noise, a constant crackling and rumbling that's more like the sound of the ocean, or being inside of an erupting volcano. That is exactly how many veterans put it. Nobody would want to re-live that, not even as a videogame. The game Verdun is like uplifting slapstick comedy compared to the real thing. I mean, who would want to play a game where you die 50% of the time during the ten hour slog through corpse-mud-soup filled ditches that once were trenches, across a positively hellish landscape under permanent artillery fire, to the "front" (really a vaguely defined massive open-air mass grave whose geography and general appearance can only be described as Mordor); only to die 8 times out of 10 from an artillery shell, without ever seeing an enemy soldier, never mind shooting at one! No, really, if you were to make someone play a realistic WW1 game, he would never want to play it again after a few minutes. This sound effect could also be accurate for supermassive Soviet artillery barrages during WW2 such as during the Battle of the Seelow Heights where they fired 500,000 shells and rockets in 30 minutes; the heaviest artillery bombardment in all of human history. Still; these barrages were spread over a much wider area, lasted for a short time, the frontlines moved and the troops were rotated; meaning you didn't have to endure this for weeks on end. Sound effects taken from an old Iraq War video of US artillery falling down on insurgent position, videos of artillery shellings from Syria and ambient artillery barrage sound effect. Painting is called "Hell", by George Leroux, an aptly-named nightmare of a painting depicting the battlefield of Verdun. "In the course of the afternoon the firing increased to such a degree that single explosions were no longer audible. There was nothing but one terrific tornado of noise. From seven onward the square and the houses round were shelled at intervals of half a minute with fifteen-centimeter shells. There were many duds among them, which all the same made the houses rock. We sat all this while in our cellar, round a table, on armchairs covered in silk, with our heads propped on our hands, and counted the seconds between the explosions. Our jests became less frequent, till at last the foolhardiest of us fell silent, and at eight o'clock two direct hits brought down the next house. From nine to ten the shelling was frantic. The earth rocked and the sky boiled like a gigantic cauldron. Hundreds of heavy batteries were concentrated on and round Combles. Innumerable shells came howling and hurtling over us. Thick smoke, ominously fit up by Very lights, veiled everything. Head and ears ached violently, and we could only make ourselves understood by shouting a word at a time. The power of logical thought and the force of gravity seemed alike to be suspended. One had the sense of something as unescapable and as unconditionally fated as a catastrophe of nature. An N. C. 0. of No. 3 platoon went mad. At ten this carnival of hell gradually calmed down and passed into a steady drum fire. It was still certainly impossible to distinguish one shell from another. " - Ernst Junger, "Storm of Steel"

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thegreenfaction : finally, just the asmr I needed

Anon Inconnu : The Great War ended 100 years ago today. Lest we forget, god forbid we do it again.

alekzander2010 : Anyone who has shot a gun without hearing protection or been near a cannon firing knows how much worse this would sound in real life. It's so loud you can feel your teeth shake, imagine having your ears slammed with a hammer and that's basically what ONE cannon sounds like at a close distance. 2000+ cannons firing at once? Fucking hell

RENZ : Person: so what kind of music you like? Me: it's complicated.

Don't ask : Insanely repetitive and hellishly loud. No wonder the called ptsd "shell shock" back then. Listening to that for an hour would drive you mad never mind DAYS.

airlockengage : Now throw in the sounds of screams, non-stop. Screams of pain, of fear. This is why shellshock happened, imagine full days at a time knowing you could die at any moment, deafened, splattered with mud and blood, pocked with shrapnel wounds, infected by the rot that surrounds you as you lay, a terrified boy, there in the foreign defilade.

Carlos Antonio : This is the most horrifying thing I have ever heard.

Águila701 : This is just the sound, what's not included is the boredom of sitting through it, the anxiety of what is to come, the smell of the smoke, and the tremors from the explosions.

oatmeal boy : I only listen to real music

Tyler : I spent a few months in Iraq with mortar rounds being my wake up call. Every day, around 8-10am, about 3 or so mortar rounds would land within a quarter mile radius from where I was sleeping on my green cot. It might land next to the chow hall: it might land on the air field: it might land on the 3/5 field: or, it might land on top of me. I never knew where it was going to land, but I knew that it was coming. As time went on, the mortar attacks spread out, but general happened at least every few days. Again, I didn't know when it was coming, I only knew that it was coming. I only had a few close calls, and only had to see the after math of direct contact with soldiers bodies several times. Guys I work with think I am weird because I am a bit skittish with surprise loud noises. I realize, they just don't know.

PjPjPaul : Currently listening to Dan Carlin's Blueprint for Armageddon. On the part where he is describing the shelling so I looked up videos and sound clips. Completely unsettled. I have no idea how anyone could endure this for days on end and not go completely insane. War is in fact, Hell.

Richard Galli : had IEDs go off next to me 12x times in 18 months Iraq I cannot imagine what those bhoys in WW1 endured for days some crack, some boom L'enfer sums up the war

Micah Bell : THIS INFERNAL BOMBARDMENT -- THE NOISE THE SMOKE. THE MOST TREMENDOUS CANNONADE I'VE EVER HEARD. IT SWEPT AROUND US. IN A WIDE CURVE OF RED LEAPING FLAME QUITE UNENDING IN EITHER DIRECTION.

Blake Burson : I planned to finish this whole audio, but I started to get sick to my stomach. I'm no pansy, but I listened to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History on this, and knowing that this is what that comparatively sounded like just makes the hair on my neck stand straight up. What a horrific method of warfare.

TheBl4ckH4nd : Somewhere it is being prepared. Somewhere deep in the heart of Germany the shell is being made. Some German girl is polishing it right now polishing it and cleaning it and fitting the charge into it. It glistens in the factory light and it has a number and the number is mine. I have a date with the shell. We shall meet soon. Nearer nearer. Some top-heavy canvas-covered German truck is plunging toward France right now. In it are shells and among the shells the one with my number. It’s coming toward the west through the Rhine valley I always wanted to see it through the Black Forest I always wanted to see it through the deep deep night coming toward France the shell I shall meet. It’s coming nearer and nearer nothing can stop it not even the hand of god for I have a time set and it has a time set and we shall meet when the time comes. Hidden beneath some gentle rolling hill that is like a woman’s breast on the solid flesh of the land hidden under the hill in some unknown ammunition dump is my shell. It is ready. Hurry boy hurry doughboy don’t be late finish whatever you have to do you haven’t much time left. It will come with a rush and a roar and a shudder. It will come howling and laughing and shrieking and moaning. It will come so fast you can’t help yourself you will stretch out your arms to embrace it. You will feel it before it comes and you will tense yourself for acceptance and the earth which is your eternal bed will tremble at the moment of your union.

Death of a Monk : War isn’t hell. War is worse. In war, innocent people die. Young men, who had no right to have their life cut short die. In hell, there are no innocents. Only the guilty are in hell.

ultrajd : You know as terrifying as this sounds I've actually always been so curious on what it must have been like for those poor men in their trenches. Just the incessant noise. I mean it's no wonder men just simply cracked and became gibbering wrecks. Just the constant din of artillery coming in and such. My respect for the survivors of the first world war just went up over 1000%

yahoo : Hell? There is no hell that compared to what they saw back then

BuckHudz : Lest We Forget

Paul Dufresne : imagine kaisersclacht.5 hours,5 milions of shells,10 000 artillery guns.The barrage was eared from london.

SovietPuma : I remember the Argonne, 1918. The sounds of that battle still haunt me to this day. Machine gun fire from enemy lines. The sickening sound of a bayonet tearing through human flesh. The soldier next to me firing his sidearm in desperation. All these sounds still echo in my mind, And as conducted by Death himself it all comes together as music. A rhythm of death A symphony of war

James Manton : Jesus Christ...got to only 3 minutes and started feeling jumpy...no wonder soldiers broke under this

BigGamer2525 : Man this new Death Grips track has a really intense bass drop.

nukegp : and theres no modern day movie sowing how brutal the battle of verdun was. or even how brutal somme and the 5 battles of ypes and alot more , even tho theres plenty of books talking about ww1, hollywood likes to push more on how brutal ww2 was, hacksaw ridge was good but if you want real brutality just read a book based on verdun :The Price of Glory, Verdun 1916

Kaiser.exe : I was listening to this in full volume and I have two things to say first of all thank you for giving me shell shock second R.I.P headset 2016-2016

FrostmourneFK : This was horrifying to me after listening to Dan Carlin's series on the first world war. That artillery barrage that the germans used before their last major offensive that lasted 4 hours was supposed to have been comprised of as many shells as they would use in the multiple day-long barrages that you mentioned, and I can't even begin to imagine what a terrifying experience it must have been. What purpose is there in being a soldier in such a conflict?

Nathan Bernacki : Does anyone remember that photo of that British soldier from the First World War who looked like he had just snapped? I am in his shoes right now. Good God. No wonder PTSD used to be called shell shock.

Ian Evergreen : I'm partially deaf in my left ear because of a firework malfunction and listening to this brought a serious pain to my ear canal I could only imagine what this was actually like

motfcu : "Nobody would want to re-live that, not even as a videogame. The game Verdun is like uplifting slapstick comedy compared to the real thing. I mean, who would want to play a game where you die 50% of the time during the ten hour slog through corpse-mud-soup filled ditches that once were trenches, across a positively hellish landscape under permanent artillery fire, to the "front" (really a vaguely defined massive open-air mass grave whose geography and general appearance can only be described as Mordor); only to die 8 times out of 10 from an artillery shell, without ever seeing an enemy soldier" As a Verdun player, I can tell you it happens sometimes as veterans squads can bring artillery bombardment and barrages. It's not constant but you can clearly have a good glimpse of what it is to be scared of just having bad luck and seeing a shell land next to you, blowing you into pieces while you were waiting for the enemy assault. But yeah as you said, it can't and hopefully never be recreated perfectly.

sparky20100 : I have to say that this is a treasure. You've recreated something that probably no-one will ever hear ever again. You have my respect sir! Only thing now is to make some sort of animation of sorts, how did this hell look like? The really sad part is that we don't have much in terms of proper video capture, or really proper testimonies apart from the great stories such as the example you gave by Ernst Junger. WW1 is a part of human history that is not so popular, unfortunately, maybe people do not like to be reminded what we are really capable of...

Jer J : the shrieking of the shells as they pierce the air and land, day and night no stopping the terror of the shells, a time when hell truly came to Earth and no man came back untouched by the horror of the Great war.

Mike Owen : not fast enough .. a correspondent of that time wrote that only by chattering his teeth could he approximate the intensity of drumfire; and having had 152mm and rockets coming in on me, nothing here comes close to the actual volume and force of the real thing .. psychologically devastating

BuckHudz : How Could Anything Survive That. The Men Who Lived Would Have Been Scared For Life.

Vulpes Inculta : If they saw what became of their respective countries today, they would not have gone to war.

Dexter7 : "Ludendorff Offensive having over 1.1 million of [rounds of artillery] being used in the first 5 hours. Which comes around to 3666 per minute and about 60 rounds PER SECOND" "At the battle of the Somme, the sound of shells exploding was a constant roar of noise. When the barrages slowed down, soldiers could hear several distinct explosions every second instead of perceiving it as one nonstop sound." Hell

Joe Byrnes : Tis a sweet lullaby for the Guardsmen of the Deathkorps of Krieg

Logan Bedenis : This has honestly inspired me to try to create a short game designed specifically around how hellish the First World War was. I suppose if I do end up doing it, it would qualify as a psychological horror game of sorts.

Patrick Bateman : I can't believe people had to go through this shit. What a nightmare.

Alex Williamson : Been under artillery fire 1995, lasted 7-10 mins, I’ve never heard such noise as the shells landed. Serbs fired about 10 rounds, might have been 1000 for all I knew, utterly indescribable, miraculously no casualties, heavy rain days before softened ground. #UBIQUE

The Dudest : "No game could capture how hellish that war was" However they did well with WW2(Red Orchestra 2)

Onyx1916 : This clip lasts five minutes. A real drumfire barrage could go on for hours. days, sometimes. Just think about that. Imagine being that guy in the shell hole while this is going on all around you...

DeMeNtEd SoLdIeR : To think millions of soldiers had to withstand with this for days

Sultan : Sounds like a particularly nasty...rainstorm (among other things).

Elijah Brown : Ali: "God help the men who lie under that." Lawrence: "They're Turks." Ali: "God help them."

dylan thoms : We lost the best men in this war. It was the ultimate sacrifice of men. 😔

James Reidtabo : I didn't expect these like in games and movies but this is hellish sound.

Duglife : It's no wonder so many of the men who fought in the trenches were never the same again. This mixed with all the other hell seems unbearable.

Captain Cacophony : I'm sampling this for me next ASMR video

Gus Kendrick : Just playing this on my shitty phone speakers it was really loud and irritating and I'm probably only getting like 5% of the actual volume it would be irl. And pausing the video I realized how quiet the room I'm in is. That's nuts. I'm really glad I've never had to live thru something like that