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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, The American entry into the war, The blockading of German ports and The German offensive in March 1918" Explain how far

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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 The American entry into the war The blockading of German ports The German offensive in March 1918 Explain how far you agree with this statement. The Stalemate on the Western Front had been ongoing for some years when the United States of America entered the war. Germany realised to win the war they would have to defeat the French and British armies very quickly before the Americans had mobilised their forces. Consequently, this made Germany determined to break the stalemate once and for all. However, America's entry into the war was only one factor of many as to why the stalemate was eventually overcome. ...read more.

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However, because of Malnutrition throughout Germany they resorted back to Unrestricted U-Boar Warfare. This is what caused the American entry to the war. It would take about a year for America to train its army, meaning Germany's objective was to stop the war within a year. If America joined they knew they would be out numbed and lose the war. At the time Germany was fighting a war on two fronts, one on the western border against the English and French army, and the other on the east Prussian border fighting the Russians. Ideally, Germany wanted all her armies on one front to have a chance of breaking the stalemate. Luckily, the Russian Monarchy was taken over by the Bolsheviks (Communists) ...read more.

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Another Military tactic was the use of new technology and weaponry. For example, the tank was a machine that helped break the stalemate on the Western front, but this time to Britain's advantage. The tank was not available for the Germans, only the British. It made a huge difference against the Germany offensive as it pushed back all the German army. The tank also prevented trenches reappearing as it was able to go across them. The tank was such a breakthrough as it stopped any hope of the Stalemate or trench warfare re-appearing. There were a number of reasons why the stalemate ended. It is very difficult, however, to say which had the biggest impact. In my opinion, I would say that Unrestricted U-Boat warfare was the key factor since this started the chain of events which eventually led to the ending of the ceasefire. ...read more.

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