Log in to Reply FallenHero April 9, at 9: You are either a disinfo agent, or very stupid. Regardless, WW3 looks like it is kicking off as planned.
Though the death toll from Western Front battles will never be accurately known, at least four million were killed there. Despite the size, frequency and ferocity of attempts to break through the line or push back the enemy, the Western Front remained relatively static until The Western Front began to take shape in the autumn ofafter the German advance through northern France was halted at the Battle of the Marne.
The Germans then retreated to the Aisne River, where they dug a network of trenches to consolidate and hold their position. The Allies, believing the Germans were awaiting reinforcements and preparing a further assault into French territory, reciprocated by constructing their own trench system.
Over the next few weeks both sides extended their trench systems further to the north, racing to outflank each other and to reach the North Sea coastline.
Their aim was to prevent an enemy advance, to secure supply lines and to seize control of key ports and French industrial areas. At the personal order of the Kaiser, German generals launched a massive assault on the Allied line, using divisions of their most experienced infantry and cavalry — but the attack was repelled at the cost of more than 40, men.
By the end of the Western Front trenchline had grown to more than two-thirds of its eventual length. Commanders on both sides developed grand plans to outmanoeuvre and outflank the enemy, or to break through the front.
But as weeks passed, home-front enlistments pumped hundreds of thousands of reinforcements into the area. German military strategists embraced defensive positions, determined not to be forced out of France. Victory, they asserted, would pass to the side that could better withstand assaults and lose fewer men.
German military planners abandoned the Schlieffen Plan and adopted a strategy of attrition, aiming to inflict death and injury on as many Allied men as possible.
The consequence of this was that Germany launched few major assaults in ; they instead relied on weapons like artillery and poison gas to weaken and debilitate Allied personnel. This strategy, pursued by massive front assaults, resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties. The Western Front became one great charnel house.
Roberts, historian In contrast, British and French generals were more committed to battlefield offensives and attempts to break through the front. They tried to penetrate the German line at Champagne and Loos during the autumn ofbut against positions fortified with artillery and machine-guns this proved almost impossible.
Falkenhayn changed tack in earlyhoping to lure the French army into a gigantic battle from which it could not retreat or withdraw; his aim was to inflict maximum casualties and to sap French morale.
For this showdown the German commander chose the town of Verdun, near a heavily-fortified section of the Franco-German border.
The Battle of Verdun, which began in Februarywas the longest and the second-deadliest battle of World War I, claiming betweenand 1, lives. It ended with no decisive victor: Even more deadly was the Battle of the Somme, from July to November It was to be part of a simultaneous three-way offensive: But the choice of location, the Somme River, was problematic.Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and pfmlures.com UN News produces daily news content in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and weekly programmes in Hindi, Urdu and Bangla.
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