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How did the fighting on the Western front change?

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How did the fighting on the Western front change? The fighting on the Western front did not stay exactly the same between 1914 and 1918. Some aspects of warfare changed little, but some changed a great deal, for example trenches became the main defensive strategy and quick battles with Calvary charges and heavy infantry quite literally became a thing of the past and were replaced with stalemates and week/month/year long trench battles. Another major change was the artillery - at the beginning of the war it was very inaccurate and by the end it was much more precise and powerful. ...read more.

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There were new artillery and tanks and new tactics to get past trenches and get around barbed wire. At the beginning of the war the artillery was not accurate and often meant that they hit their own trenches before they got the range right. By the end of the war the technology had advanced much more as most factories across Europe had been given over to making guns and shells. These changes meant Calvary were not used as much in fighting and more in transporting materials and supplies. Of course, some things changed less than others. For example, infantry tactics like 'Going over the top' were used throughout the war. ...read more.

Conclusion

Other areas that saw little change were the tactics like charging enemy's front lines and using infantry to get through to the opposition's trenches. Although the importance of the infantry's role grew, the actual tactics did not change that much. CONCLUSION After studying all the sources provided to me, I have come to the conclusion that the overall fighting on the western front changed in three main ways: => Trenches became a main part of warfare. => Artillery became more powerful and accurate. => Infantry became more important although tactics remained the same. These three factors contributed towards stalemates that caused the war to go on for so much longer than anyone anticipated. ...read more.

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