Essay on The Reasons why the Western Front was Broken

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The Reasons why the Western Front was Broken

There were many equally important reasons why the stalemate on the western front was finally broken:

New technology like the tank

The American entry into the war

The blockading of German ports

The German offensive in March 1918

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The new technology and tactics helped to break stalemate. The machine gun and artillery had been used since the outbreak of the war making attacking almost impossible. Then they made the wonder-weapon other wise known as the tank. It was first used during the Somme by the British but they had very little tanks and most of them broke down before they arrived at
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Other weapons appeared such as the grenade, which was very effective at killing troops in a trench. They were more a close range weapon which meant that they had very few uses when you are at your own trench with not an enemy in sight..

Hopes were lifted when on the 6th of April 1917 America entered the war on the side of the allies. Soon after the Americans joined the Russian Revolution happened and Russia pulled out of the war. The Americans joining equalled fresh troops and resources. This was thought to put the stale mate in the allies favour. However it would take the Americans about a year too mobilise as they have a long way to go and as they like the British only really have a Navy as they live on an island. As the Russians pulled out of the war this meant he German’s could take all of there army from the West side and put it on the East side making the force larger.

Britain’s war plan of blocking the German ports had paid off. Germany was starving. The British were stopping vital resources such as food, weapons and medication getting to Germany. With out food Germany would have no choice but to surrender. So the Germans had to throw all there men into the Allies and win the war before Germany starved. Germany launched a huge offensive in March 1918. The
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