Essay on Trench Warfare During World War I

1002 Words May 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Trench warfare was a revolutionary war tactic that changed how war was fought. Soldiers would dig big ditches, called a trench, and then live in them for long periods of time. The conditions were not the best, but more soldiers would have died in combat if the trenches had not been created. This defensive strategy had many flaws and it prolonged the war, but it did help the Allies defeat the Central Powers in World War I. Trench warfare was a military tactic that is known for its use along the Western Front during World War I. Soldiers from the Allied Forces and the Central Powers dug trenches that were parallel to each other and about one mile deep. The trenches were lined with barbed wire and sandbags were placed in and around the trenches to give added protection from artillery barrage. Each trench was dug in zigzag so that the enemy could not fire for more than a few trenches that were dug roughly perpendicular to them. The trenches from opposing sides faced each other and the land between the two enemy trench lines was called "No Man 's Land." This land was generally around 50 to 250 yards apart. Private Stanley East wrote a letter to his family in November 1915 describing an experience in “No Man’s Land.” “We have just come out of the trenches after being in for six days and up to our waists in water. While we were in the trenches one of the Germans came over to our trench for a cigarette and then back again, and he was not fired at. We and the Germans started…

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