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What was the significance of Trench Warfare in WWI?

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Manal Amir

on 5 March 2015

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Transcript of What was the significance of Trench Warfare in WWI?

The Schlieffen Plan
The Schlieffen Plan was a German war plan for a conflict with France and Russia. It called for an immediate invasion of France in the event of a conflict with either nation because France was considered the more powerful of the two nations. This invasion went through the low countries, meaning to circumvent France's defenses along the Franco-German border. The necessity of setting up railroad schedules meant that the plan was set in stone. The invasion couldn't be stopped without screwing up the mobilization of Germany's reserves.
Building Trenches
How it all ends
The war start to come to an end. Soliders dying and getting killed. Trench warfare was a good safety place for these soldiers but at the same time, they faced going through a lot of conidtions
What was the significance of Trench Warfare in WWI?
"Trench warfare was the dominant feature of WWI."

How was the trenches in world war I first built?

As no one expected the war to last as long as it did, the first trenches were hurriedly made. They were holes dug by soldiers to protect themselves from the enemy. With modern weapons, even a shallow hole could sufficiently protect soldiers from the enemy. However, these hastily constructed defenses often flooded and collapsed. As the front line stabilised, these trenches became deeper and more elaborately made.
How were the Trenches made out?
Trenches were never built in straight lines but instead in a zigzag pattern. This method was used so that if the enemy invaded a trench, they would be prevented from firing down its entire length, as well as providing some buffer in the event a shell were to explode.
A trench was generally around two meters deep and two meters wide, the trenchlines were never built in straight lines.
Health: trenches of World War One were decidedly unhygienic. Pests roamed around the land, including giant rats.

Men could not wash themselves in the trenches: they had limited access to running water, and often did not have the time to think about hygiene.
Rats and Pests: The worst of these were the rodents: rats gorged themselves on human remains, and grew to massive sizes: some reported rats as big as domestic cats.
Rats would also sometimes eat the fresh rations of the soldiers, and nibble at the soldiers themselves as they slept or if they were wounded.

Weather Conditions: The weather was brutal, it made a lot of soldiers pass way, including making most injured and sick. That the sickness itself caused to death for them.
Canada world war I book
Pages about Trench warafare
Canadian war

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