World War I: What weapons did they really use?

My question about weapons is a rhetorical one. We know what weapons were used. Some of those were pretty big, some were straight up huge, but still, would they cause all this? How much shelling does it take to cause that much damage?

Below are a few WWI images I googled out.

The Passchendaele Battlefield.jpg

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The_badly_shelled_main_road_to_Bapaume.jpg

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Here are some flags from the Battle of Tannenberg:
What's the two-fish flag?
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    Shelling a city to this degree makes sense. I understand that it was a trench war and all that. The sheer level of annihilation triggers stuff like this in my head:
     

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    Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.
    Okay, off-topic a bit, but I thought some might find this translation as humorous as I did. From your link, here's The Message translation:
    This is the God-of-the-Angel-Armies speaking: “‘I’m about to get even with Amalek for ambushing Israel when Israel came up out of Egypt. Here’s what you are to do: Go to war against Amalek. Put everything connected with Amalek under a holy ban. And no exceptions! This is to be total destruction—men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys—the works.’”
    Sounds more like the boss ordering a pizza!
     

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