Why Were Causalities so High on the Wester Front

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Why were casualties so high on the Western Front? There are many reasons for the casualties on the western front during World War I, such as the length of the war, the weapons involved, strategy and tactics, and the conditions. The total number of casualties in World War I, both military and civilian, was about 37 million: 16 million deaths and 21 million wounded. Throughout this essay, I will explain how each of these things affected the number of people who died on the Western Front. The first reason was weaponry. It was a major contribution to the number of deaths and probably what caused the most deaths because they were all very destructive one of them being the rifle, which was popularly used by the British. The rifle could fire…show more content…
Besides the direct effects of wounds, the indirect effects of many men in close, dirty quarters meant that common diseases like colds and the flu could spread quickly. When it rained, the trenches became low-level marshes, filled with inches of dirty water that made soldiers susceptible to fungal infections now known as trench foot and trench mouth. Parasites like lice, fleas, and weevils were everywhere, and they could spread other diseases. Dysentery, typhus, and cholera could spread quickly during warm, wet weather, forcing many of the troops into the hospital even if no bullets had ever passed their way. The war lasted four years, between 1914 and 1918 killing and injuring many. The length of the war affected the number of casualties greatly because the more battles, the more deaths. As the war went on there was a need to make bigger and better weapons. For example the tank was only invented during the First World War to kill more soldiers. The shorter wars killed less and the longer war was bound to kill more people. The amount of deaths on the Western Front was very high compared to all the other areas of war. Most of the fighting took place on the Western Front and many soldiers died because of the conditions and weaponry but the ways that many of them also died was because of the strategy and tactics that were used. There isn’t only one reason to the number
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