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Why was there stalemate on the Western Front?

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GCSE History Coursework Why was there stalemate on the Western Front? There are reasons why stalemate occurred on the Western Front. Stalemate is where two sides continue fighting but cancel each other out and the two sides could no longer advance. The reasons why occurred were the failure of the German Schlieffen Plan and both sides, Triple Entente (Germany, Austria, Hungary) and the Triple Alliance (Britain, France, Russia) had large armies with huge industries to make many weapons. Also defence methods had many advantages to attack methods. First of all, the German Schlieffen plan was made so Germany would defeat France and Russia. The left wing of the German army would attack France from Metz to Switzerland and keep the French along that line. ...read more.


However the Schlieffen plan failed because it involved a few risks such as hoping the Belgians would not put any resistance and hoping that the Russians would not mobilise quickly. The Belgians put up more resistance than first entailed by the Germans as well the British helped the Belgians slow down the Germans because of The Treaty Of London (signed in the 1880's). The British/ Belgians attacked the flank of the German right wing forcing its line off course. Also Britain/ Belgium/ France stopped the German at Marne and the Russian mobilise more rapidly than first fought. This meant the Germans ended up fighting on two fronts. ...read more.


This meant that neither side was worried about making sure this was a quick war as there were plenty of troops. Both sides were industrialised which meant weapons could be produced in large quantities. Breaking the stalemate is what both sides tried to do. There were big battles at Ypres, Verdun, Somme in which they were long and millions of men died for little land. Plus a war had big advantages to a war of attack. The end of stalemate occurred as in 1918 Russia pulled out of the war because problems within the country. Germany won a battle, which nearly lead them to win the war. The USA joined the Triple Alliance, which led to more troops, money and weapons. The Germans surrendered before they were invaded. Stephanie Ghartey 10/0 Ms.Hancock ...read more.

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