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Fighting Styles in WWI
Transcript of Fighting Styles in WWI
The introduction of air planes into the war led to
One of the most defining features of the war
Prolonged the war
Caused many deaths and injuries unrelated to the actual fighting
What Was It?
Long deep trenches were dug by the opposing sides (when trenches were most prevalent, the length of the trenches built by both sides extended 400 miles. By the end of the war, both sides had dug more than 12,000 miles of trenches)
The space that separated the sides was known as "No Man's Land"
There were four different types of trenches.
Types of Trenches
Front line trench
support trench (located a couple hundred yards behind the front line trench)
reserve trench (the backup-backup)
communication trenches ( allowed for the movement of messages, supplies, and people)
What was it?
upward shooting cannons
caused the greatest loss of life
located in the secondary or reserve trenches
Bombardments could last a long time
What is it?
The use of chemical gases to harm enemy soldiers
No laws against it at the time.
Some of the most common were tear gas, mustard gas, and chlorine.
Vats of pressurized gas were pointed at the enemy and uncovered.
In World War I both sides took already existing tactics and technology and changed it to utilize its full effects.