The Warfare Mentality Went From A War Of Mobility, To A

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The warfare mentality went from a war of mobility, to a war of attrition and that was due to the establishment of trench warfare throughout the battlefield. Trench warfare was no doubt a horrifying and awful type of warfare that caused countless non-battle deaths, yet it was necessary at the time. Without trench warfare, the war would have been a short but extremely bloody war because there was no way to combat the ferocity of the new weapons used in the war and there was no way to advance on the enemy. Attrition was the smart move because it gave both sides a chance to strategize and prepare themselves instead of rushing into battle with no plan of action. Also, the weapons that came into World War I were primarily defensive weapons, and…show more content…
This type of fighting did have a lasting impression on future warfare and helped develop different aspects of warfare. One of these advances was trench warfare’s development of the signal system. As the weapons became more advanced and the effort to maintain them was greater, communication was key in the war. For example, “the increase in the power and range of artillery made the maintenance of communications constantly more difficult.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig wrote in his account about the signal system and the advances it could make with unmanned communication due to trench warfare. He states, “To provide all alternative method of communication with front-line troops, in 1915 carrier pigeons were introduced and a special branch of the signal service was formed controlling ultimately some 20,000 birds.” This system was created to help soldiers communicate between their trenches. They now could communicate easier with their pigeons and it helps reduce the number of lives lost due to relaying messages using soldiers. Along with pigeons, they also used a dog messaging service probably as a backup in case the pigeons got shot down by the enemy and it may have been faster to relay them within the trenches. Yet, the biggest impacts trench warfare had on future wars was mental impacts on soldiers, and further weapon development. World War I saw the first case of what is now known today as Post Traumatic Stress
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