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The following were equally important reasons why the stalemate on the Western Front was finally broken: new technology like the tank, American entry into the war, blockading of German ports and the German offensive of March 1918.

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History Coursework question C) The following were equally important reasons why the stalemate on the Western Front was finally broken: new technology like the tank, American entry into the war, blockading of German ports and the German offensive of March 1918. Explain how far you agree with this statement. New technology such as the tank was an important reason for why the deadlock was broken. It was possible for the tank to break the machine-gun/barbed wire combination, which lay at the very heart of the deadlock. Because the tanks were able to withstand machine gun fire the Germans suffered heavy losses. It was possible for a few tanks to destroy a line of troublesome pillboxes with out heavy infantry loses. However the tank was unreliable and relatively slow. Traveling over the heavily cratered ground the tank was capable of only 15 yards a minute, or half a mile per hour. ...read more.

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Although the Americans had already been supplying the Allies with weapons etc, this meant that all of America's resources and manpower could be used to fight the Germans. The American troops were fresh and were not suffering from fatigue and demoralisation like the forces of the other countries fighting in the war. This gave the Allies an advantage as the American soldiers were trained properly in shooting and tactics unlike their British and French counterparts who were conscripted and had little training in the art of war. The Americans made use of new technology such as the tank and were able to supply the other allied forces will vital materials to build more tanks and other munitions. One of the biggest problems facing the army planners was supplying the army with food, weapons and other equipment. As a result the blockade of German ports also played an important part in breaking the stalemate. ...read more.

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Meanwhile more American troops were arriving every week. The German troops were badly disciplined and under fed due to the blockade on Germany. This caused them to be inefficient as they stopped to loot villages for food. In conclusion I believe that the above are all equally important reasons for the ending of the stalemate on the Western Front. The Germans had broken through the Allied lined with the Ludendorff offensive. However, the Allies now had large numbers of well-trained and equipped troops, which were supported by tanks, aircraft and improved artillery. The Germans couldn't call up reinforcements due to the lack of food and poor infrastructure caused by the Allied blockade of Germany. The American entry into the war meant an injection of "new blood" and provided the allies with a fresh supply of troops and equipment. New technology meant a new kind of war and demoralised German troops making them inefficient. The lack of food and supplies due to the blockade also made the Germans an ineffective fighting force. James Goddin 5T ...read more.

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