A map showing the confidence felt by many at the start of the Great War that the combined might of Russia, France and the British empire would swiftly defeat Germany and her buffoonish ally, the Austro-Hungarian empire. Image: The Map House
"The German Peasants' War or Great Peasants' Revolt (German: Deutscher Bauernkrieg) was a widespread popular revolt in the German-speaking areas of Central Europe, 1524–1526. It failed because of the intense opposition of the aristocracy, who slaughtered up to 100,000 of the 300,000 poorly armed and poorly led peasants and farmers. The survivors were fined and achieved few if any of their goals."