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Reasons why Germany lost World War One

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Why Germany lost WWI In 1918, WWI ended, and Britain was victorious. The initial success of the German army was clear to see, however Britain and its allies were not going down easy. Throughout 4 years of bloody battles and strategic attacks, noone really knew how the war was going to end. However, there were many different events that took place that may help you to understand why Germany was defeated in the long run. Firstly, Germany was suffering on the frontline. Having to fight the war on both the eastern and western fronts split their army and left them open for counter attack. Both the Russian and the French (allies of Britain) were fighting strong on both fronts, but Germany was unable to handle both. However, when the Russian revolution occurred, forcing Russia to back out of the war, there was only one front left to fight on. ...read more.


Also, there was the war at sea. Whilst men were fighting in Europe, there were many more soldiers in warfare off the shores of both Germany and Britain. WWI was the first time that German U-Boats (unterboots) were used. This technology enabled Germany to win more battles at sea. However, this new way of fighting may have been too successful. The U-Boats were sinking millions of tons of shipping entering Britain, which included food and essential items for the troops and the civilians. This was the beginning of the German blockade. Britain handled the blockade well and introduced systems such as rationing and women's land army, which all helped in the distribution of the food, in order to meet the demand. But the Germans were not as prepared. When the British blockaded their ports, stopping food and essential goods from entering Germany, the people began to suffer. ...read more.


Also, Britain was beginning to match Germany's submarine power, and with this, the German Navy refused to attack the British fleet. Therefore, there are many reasons there that show how Germany lost the war. Whether it was the increase of British success, or the declining morale and power of the Germans nobody knows. However, we see that both contributed to the overall victory of Britain and the allies. Whilst Britain handled the problems that arose with the blockade and defeats in battle, the Germans could not. In creating organisations such as DORA and the Woman's Army Auxiliary Core, the British showed that they could not only handle the frontline, but that everything back home was being handled just as well. Therefore, I think Germany lost the war because although they were strong at sea and on the frontline, the land they gained or the success of the U-Boats was not always a good thing, and made a real difference to the way the war turned out. ...read more.

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