Life on the Western Front During World War One Essay examples
A dispassionate look at the numbers of the horrendous casualties sustained by the armies of the Allies and the Central Powers on the Western Front in WW1, clearly indicate that these casualties figures are far inferior to what might be anticipated if, indeed, total war had reigned in every location, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and along all the 475 miles of trenches that extended from the North Sea to Switzerland. A couple of simple examples will readily make the case. Imagine two front-line trenches separated by only 20 to 30 yards of ‘No Man’s Land’ (in some extraordinary situations, distances were even less). A determined and prolonged effort …show more content…
There were also more open and general cease-fires, or truces, at the Battalion and Divisional level. Perhaps the most famous of these was that of Christmas 1914, which was widely reported in the newspapers of both the Allies and the Central Powers: Much to the disapproval of the High Commands of both the antagonists. Similar reports were made from time to time of local agreements for the recovery of casualties from the battlefield.
As already intimated, the High Command (which ‘The Poor Bloody Infantry’ usually