Michelle

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World War I was an unexpectedly long war. A war that most thought would last a few months turned out to last four long years. World War I was fought on two fronts; the Eastern Front consisted of very mobile armies, and the Western Front was a long slow battle without much advancement. After the First Battle of the Marne, the Allied and the Central Powers quickly dug trenches to protect themselves during the war. Trenches were one of the causes that the war lasted for four long years. Trench warfare was not beneficial to World War I because the terrible living conditions, no successful battle strategies, all leading to a stalemate in the trenches along the Western Front. During the war, soldiers were sent to the Western Front to fight. By the end of the war, trenches along the Western Front ran for over twelve thousand miles on each side. Soldiers that fought along the Western Front lived in the trenches. Everyone had a role he had to fulfill, and the conditions the soldiers had to live in were far from ideal. At first, trenches were built for temporary protection, but soon both sides were building trenches to hold their ground. As the trenches became more permanent, they became more elaborate, and living conditions worsened, leaving the soldiers very prone to disease. When trenches began to change from temporary protection to a permanent system, the trenches became more elaborate. They were intricately set up to protect the soldiers from the opposing forces. Contrary to what people thought, the trenches were one of the safest places to be during World War I. Trenches were able to protect the soldiers from the worst parts of the modern weapons, and the most dangerous periods of fighting in the trenches were when the... ... middle of paper ... ...as improving, was not beneficial to the war. The stalemate along the Western Front still caused many casualties in World War I because the men in the trenches were becoming casualties. The trenches along the Western Front did not help the cause of World War I. Trench warfare made the Western Front of World War I unproductive. The trenches caused advancement on the Western Front to be agonizingly slow. Neither force could overtake the other force’s trenches. Poor living conditions in the trenches and battle strategy in the trenches caused the Western Front to be non beneficial. Many soldiers died in the trenches from disease rather than actual battle. Each force would be set up the same way with the same tactics and weapons. All this led to a stalemate between the Allied and the Central Powers along the Western Front for the entire length of World War I.

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