The War Of The World War I

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War has been a terrible part of the human existence since the beginning of time. According to historians there has been only 268 years of peace out of the nearly 3,500 years that civilized humans have existed (Hedges). That is a staggering statistic showing how deep-rooted war is in the minds and hearts of people. So while war itself might be inevitable the outcome of any given conflict is anything but predictable. There are many different elements that come into play during combat but perhaps the most influential factor is geography. In fact, geography has been such an important part of war that a new field of study has emerged in recent years entitled military geography. On particular war where the affect of geography can be seen is World War I. During this war the newly formed Germany attempts to invade France and gain control over Western Europe. This was invasion was designed to be quick and decisive with Germany overwhelming Franc in as little as six weeks. However, this plan failed terribly and led to one of the bloodiest, most gruesome war of attrition the world as ever seen. A reason for this failure was the geography of Western Europe. The land in this region is fairly level and flat providing little to no cover for attacking forces. This geography played a pivotal role in determining the outcome of two of the most well known battles of World War I, the Battle of the Marne and the Battle of Verdun. Most people are pretty familiar with the first Battle of the

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