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Why did a stalemate develop on western front?

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Q2) Why did a stalemate develop on western front? The word Stalemate comes from chess that means a deadlock where neither side makes any progress or movement forward. A stalemate happened on the western front because the warfare changed to trench warfare that meant that the war will be fought from the trenches instead of being face to face fighting. The trenches were better for defence than attack because the trenches were every well protected with barbed-wire, land mines and machine guns so the troops wouldn't be able to advance, ...read more.

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The race to the sea in October 1914. The two sides kept trying to outflank each other through north- eastern France. This pushed the forces back to the North Sea coast in western Belgium this way the race to the sea finished. This brought stalemate because the teams kept trying to outflank each other and it didn't work so the teams just dug trenches and the trenches reached from the sea to the Swiss border. ...read more.

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They wanted to do this because they knew that the weapons will kill the enemy and they don't want to risk more lives, also, the damage caused huge artillery shells, churning ground up, making the enemy advances and attacks even more difficult. In conclusion I think a stalemate situation developed because troops needed protection from the big guns, so the teams started digging trenches so they don't lose lots of men. Each team was trying to outflank each other and this brought the teams to dig trenches. James Aparicio 10D ...read more.

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