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Why did a Stalemate develop on the Western Front?

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Why did a Stalemate develop on the Western Front? The Stalemate on the Western front had many reasons to develop. Some of them will be issued in my essay. It all started because of the Schlieffen Plan. The Schlieffen Plan was supposed to help Germany defeat France and then turn to the eastern front for a major offence on Russia. However, the Schlieffen Plan failed. It failed because when Germany finished the battle with France and won, Germany thought it would take Russia 6 weeks to mobilise. This meant Germany would have an advance to of Russia and would have a much higher chance to win the battle. But Germany was sadly mistaken as it took Russia only 10 days to mobilise and this meant Britain would stay neutral. As the Schlieffen plan failed, it meant that the Battle of the Somme also failed and the British lost 600,000 troops and Germans lost 450,000 troops. ...read more.

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That is when Germany was wrong because it took Russia only 10 days to mobilise so they only had themselves to blame. During the war trenches began to be built to help the country defend themselves. They started off very basic and were used as simple shelters while the war was going on. By the time 1915 approached the trenches had developed so much they were now uses as complex defensive systems to help the allies fight battles. The trenches went all the way from the sea in the west to the Alps in the east, which is the main reason it became kno3wn as the western front. There were also many new productions that occurred while the war was going on. Most of these were different types of weapons to help attack and defend their own countries to help them win the war. ...read more.

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There were also rats making their way around the dead soldiers, eating anything they could to help keep them alive. The soldiers could have caught diseases like trench foot which is a condition if frost bite and trench fever which is a bacterial infection that causes repeated cycles of high fever. Malaria was also very common and so was Mustard gas poisoning and a lot of them had to put up with illnesses like pneumonia because of the living conditions. But all the soldiers had to put up with them as well as battle for their country. Overall after reading this essay you should be able to understand while the stalemate occurred on the Western front. It was basically because the Schlieffen plan that Germany though of failed and got them into more trouble. However, it did help them get land, but not in the way they planned to. Natalie Guild, 10WR Mr Lees ...read more.

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