The Battle Of The War

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World War One was the cause of over eleven million military personnel deaths. Six million of those came from the side of the Triple Entente, or Allies. New fighting strategies that emphasized throwing more and more men into the fight only exacerbated the problem. Military leaders on the side of the Allies failed to adapt and sacrificed the lives of many that could have been avoided. Based on concrete evidence that was collected, this was a major factor in high casualty numbers during the war because of the use of outdated tactics, pre-determined mindsets of leaders, and the continued use of strategies that were ineffective. A popular form of war fighting was based in cavalry charges that rapidly declined in effectiveness throughout the…show more content…
As a result of this, artillery did not have as destructive effect that the Allies wanted. This lack of knowledge and ignorant assumptions did not account for many Allied casualties but it did not decrease the number of enemy troops to where the Allies had an advantage (Axelrod, 94). This battle could have been a major success for the Allies with much fewer casualties had the military leaders knew what they were up against. Too many times during the war, tactical preparations before battles were slim and military leaders decided to attack based on previously accurate knowledge; only to find out that this war changed every minute and the enemy was changing as well. This military incompetence can also be seen in the Battle of Verdun in 1916. General Pétain’s plan during the battle was described as this: “Every parcel of land which might be seized by the enemy will give rise to an immediate counter-attack” (Malcolm, ch 8). This bold, yet ineffective strategy allowed for hundreds of thousands of French soldiers to lose their lives over the course of the battle. Pétain simply wanted to keep throwing men at the Germans who were armed with much better weapons that did nothing but increase the intensity of the war of attrition. Although the men who died on the battlefield were very brave and committed to winning the war, they were following blind leadership. Overall, Verdun was a strategic win but a tactical failure that only contributed to the

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