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Was there much change in warfare on the Western Front between the end of 1914 and March 1918?

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Was there much change in warfare on the Western Front between the end of 1914 and March 1918? I believe there was a large amount of change to the warfare from 1914 to 1918. War always speeds up technology and other advancements and I will show that that was the case in world war 1. Command and organisation changed dramatically during the course of the war. The way the troops were arranged changed from having groups of 100 men to small squads of about 10, this was part of the counter action against the machine guns. At the beginning of the war when the troops were still being sent over in 100's they would just get mowed down by the machine guns. The idea of putting men into small squads made them more mobile and independent, this narrowed down the chances of the m all getting wiped out by machine guns. ...read more.

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These weapons drastically changed the warfare on the western front, new tactics had to be created and each side were trying to get better rifles than each other. There was also a large step up with artillery, at the beginning of the war artillery was hard to move, very heavy and not very accurate. By the end 1918 artillery was a lot more mobile, it could fire further and it was more accurate. Also different types of shells were invented to allow different methods of attack, poison gas was used to bombard an enemy trench before an attack, this gave the attackers a brief advantage when attacking. A tactic called counter battery fire was invented which allowed the enemy to locate where artillery was firing at them from and fire back, sometimes even before the shell had hit and exploded. Also the creeping barrage was created where artillery fired just in front of the men as they advanced forward, this was quite risky as friendly fire was hard to avoid and the enemy could just fire behind where the attacker barrage was hitting. ...read more.

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Also pillboxes were used to house machine guns and other things. Making strong and secure trenches like this meant that neither army really wanted to move out of their trenches. The final area of advancement was in the air, the war started with very basic bi-planes with hardly any weapons on them. As the war progressed planes were created that could stay in the air far longer and that had guns mounted on the front of the plane so the pilot could fire. There became an arms race between the fighting countries with planes. This made attack by air a lot more effective and a lot more frequent. In WW1 there was constant competition between each side to design something new to trump the enemy's new tactic or equipment. Arms races in all different fields occurred and technology changed. By the end of the war the warfare had undergone a large transformation and was very different from warfare at the start. War always speeds up advancement, and with new technology and tactics new things become possible. ...read more.

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