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Why stalemate broke down on the Western Front World War One

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The following were equally as important reasons why stalemate developed on the Western Front was finally broken: * New Technology * The American entry to war * The blockading of German ports * The German offensive in March 1918 Explain how fair you agree with this statement: Although stalemate through out the war seemed to be constant it was finally broken; this was because of the four reasons above. The German offensive, this helped to break stalemate because it was a change of tactics. The war so far had been fought as a defensive war or trench warfare. This meant that there could be no advance on either side, therefore keeping the armies in the same place through out; however when the German Offensive was brought into action this changed the tactics giving opportunity for an advance. This change also effects morale, as the German troops may now see a way out of the war, or a way of winning therefore morale is boosted. ...read more.

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The blockade was caused by the German Offensive, each of these factors intertwine and therefore are stronger to break stalemate on the Western Front. Finally, there is new technology; this helped to break stalemate because the new technology had a great psychological impact on the troops as they were being used; such as the tank - the tank was very slow however no one had ever seen anything like it, therefore they feared it's capability, it could also break through the barbed wire this was also a frightening thought for troops; another piece of new technology was poison gas: as the impact of gas was so grave and gases such as mustard gas seemed to be so terrifying as there would be a cloud of yellow smoke coming towards the troops. Gas also reduced morale because there was no certainty as if the wind changed the gas could blow in the opposite direction coming back to the army the gas was released from. ...read more.

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After there was the blockading or German ports; the blockade caused such a huge impact as it affected civilians, business, and troops. Although there was this impact the blockade does not come before the other two in my opinion as if the blockading was never happened I believe that stalemate would still have been broken. Lastly there is new technology: I believe this comes last because both sides after a while had developed the tank; therefore learning it's capabilities and at the same time as poison gas was invented so was the gas mask. Both were still feared among the men however it also caused rivalry between the countries: one of the key factors as to why stalemate was caused in the first place. Even though I believe in the hierarchy of the factors they were all important to break stalemate, there were some more successful that others. By Jade Williams ...read more.

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