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How was world war 1 fought?. War on land – the Western Front. The Western Front was the most important for several reasons. Its size (320km) and the fact it was operational for all four years. The fighting on the Western front had a significant impact on ideas and attitudes.

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War on land the western front
War on land – the Western Front

  • The Western Front was the most important for several reasons.

  • Its size (320km) and the fact it was operational for all four years.

  • The fighting on the Western front had a significant impact on ideas and attitudes.




Why did trench warfare lead to a stalemate
Why did trench warfare lead to a stalemate?

  • In order to hold their positions soldiers had to dig down to keep out of the line of fire.

  • These hastily dug ditches soon became permanent.

  • They evolved into complex defensive systems on both sides.


Casualties
Casualties

  • Deadlier for attackers than defenders.

  • Why would this be the case?

  • What is ‘going over the top’?

  • Why did this lead to stalemate?


War of attrition
War of Attrition

  • There was little change in the position of the front over the four years.

  • The aim of battles was not to win territory but to destroy the opposing army.

  • It was a war of attrition to break the morale of the enemy and reduce their numbers.



Study section
Study Section

  • The Christmas truce.

  • Shell-shock.

  • Trench foot.

  • The work of miners tunneling beneath the trenches.

  • Communication systems used in the trenches.

  • Those who were shot for ‘cowardice’.


How did the development of weaponry lead to a change in tactics on the western front
How did the development of weaponry lead to a change in tactics on the Western Front?

  • Both sides used a wide range of weapons to try and break the deadlock.

  • The infantry charge was the key battle tactic used throughout the war.

  • Weapons were developed to make this strategy more effective.


Machine guns and rifles
Machine guns and rifles tactics on the Western Front?


Main types of guns
Main types of guns… tactics on the Western Front?

  • Lee-Enfield rifle with bayonet attached – 25 rounds a minute could be fired.

  • 600 rounds a minute could be fired.

  • Another WW1 innovation was the submachine gun known as a ‘trench sweeper’


Grenades
Grenades tactics on the Western Front?


Hand grenades
Hand grenades tactics on the Western Front?

  • Small hand-thrown bombs.

  • The British used the pineapple shaped Mills bomb.

  • The Germans used stick-shaped grenades nicknamed ‘potato-mashers’


Heavy artillery
Heavy Artillery tactics on the Western Front?


The real killer
The real killer tactics on the Western Front?

  • In WW1 artillery inflicted 70% of all casualties.

  • The war was so static the guns could take up permanent positions.

  • Every major attack was preceded by a prolonged artillery barrage.


Problems with artillery
Problems with artillery tactics on the Western Front?

  • Not accurate enough to destroy enemy trenches.

  • It gave the enemy warning of an attack to come. (Battle of the Somme)

  • ‘Creeping barrage’ and ‘artillery ambush’


Chemical warfare
Chemical Warfare tactics on the Western Front?


Poison gas
Poison Gas tactics on the Western Front?

  • Chlorine Gas was first used by the Germans.

  • Phosgene Gas 18x stronger.

  • Mustard Gas which burned, blinded and slowly killed victims over several weeks.

  • Gas masks were developed by scientists making gas as a weapon less effective.


Tanks
Tanks tactics on the Western Front?


WC’s??? tactics on the Western Front?

  • The tank was not able to break the stalemate.

  • It was slow and unreliable and many tanks broke down before reaching the trenches.

  • Their armor plating was also not strong enough to resist artillery.

  • Battle of the Somme & Battle of Cambrai


What was the importance of naval warfare in wwi
What was the importance of naval warfare in WWI? tactics on the Western Front?

  • The control of the seas was crucial to both sides.

  • GB was an island and needed food, industrial supplies and soldiers from other countries.

  • Germany also needed food and other supplies from overseas.


Gb rules the waves
GB rules the waves? tactics on the Western Front?

  • GB was successful in controlling the trade routes.

  • The Allies blockaded German ships.

  • GB enforced the search of neutral shipping and stopped them going to Germany.


Mines and submarines
Mines and Submarines tactics on the Western Front?


U boats
U-Boats tactics on the Western Front?

  • The Germans used U-boats to try and enforce their own blockade on GB.

  • This proved to be politically dangerous warfare.

  • The Germans hope that unrestricted sub warfare would starve GB and France.


Why was gb able to survive the u boat blockade
Why was GB able to survive the U-boat blockade? tactics on the Western Front?

  • The convoy system was the turning point.

  • As technology progressed depth charges and ‘listening devices’ helped to attack U-boats.

  • Improved sub. nets forced the U-boats to go north around GB made them less effective.


Convoy system
Convoy System tactics on the Western Front?


Battle of jutland
Battle of Jutland tactics on the Western Front?


Major naval engagement
Major Naval engagement tactics on the Western Front?

  • One major challenge to GB’s supremacy – 31 May-1 June 1916.

  • After several hours of exchanging artillery fire, the Germans sailed back to port.

  • GB lost 14 ships and Germany 11.

  • The result Germany had not destroyed GB’s fleet it was still in control of the surface waters.


Importance of naval supremacy
Importance of naval supremacy tactics on the Western Front?

  • GB’s navy was able to move 8.5 million troops across the British Empire.

  • Imports reached GB and they were able to maintain the blockade on Germany.

  • They were also able to sustain the convoy system and transport US troops and equipment for the final battles.


Zeppelins and airships
Zeppelins and airships tactics on the Western Front?


Airships and civilian targets
Airships and civilian targets tactics on the Western Front?

  • The Germans had the Zepellin and were able to bomb civilian targets in England.

  • The British used airships mainly for escorting ships and spotting U-boats.

  • They soon became easy targets and were replaced by bomber fleets later in the war.


Wwi bombers
WWI Bombers tactics on the Western Front?


Bombing raids
Bombing Raids tactics on the Western Front?

  • The German Gotha caused 3000 casualties in raids over London and SE England.

  • By 1918 GB was making raids into enemy territory – Mainz, Stuttgart and Mannheim.

  • The idea of attacking civilian targets had become a feature of war by 1918.


Aircraft reconnaissance
Aircraft-Reconnaissance tactics on the Western Front?

  • Pilots were able to report on troop concentrations and artillery movements.

  • Photographs of trench systems could be taken from the air.

  • Messages were dropped by aircraft and communication with the ground possible.


Red baron and micky mannock
Red Baron and tactics on the Western Front?MickyMannock


Dog fights
Dog-fights tactics on the Western Front?

  • At first pilots tried to attack each other with rifles and pistols.

  • By 1915 machine guns were fitted and synchronized to shoot through propeller.

  • Dog-fights became a common site over the trenches.


Potential of airpower
Potential of airpower tactics on the Western Front?

  • By 1918 there were more than 8000 aircraft on all sides.

  • Control of the skies over the battlefield had become essential for victory.

  • It was clear that bombing civilians affected enemy morale.

  • The end of WWI was still determined by what happened on the ground.

  • This was a sign of what was to come in 1939-45.


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