basis of an elastic defence in depth doctrine against Entente attacks. The submarine and surface ships had a long period of success before Britain resorted to the convoy system, bringing a large reduction in shipping losses. The original plans for an attack around the River Somme were modified to let the British make the main effort. The infantry advance that followed relied on three creeping barrages which the British infantry followed to capture the plateau and the east side of the ridge in one day. "La mortalit cause par la guerre mondiale, Metron-" Causes of Death in the First World War.
Falkenhayn however, correctly divined that his subordinates would not likely agree with such a "bleeding white" plan, and so he did not share with them his intent to purposefully avoid capturing Verdun itself. Following the Battle of the Yser in October, the Belgian army controlled a 35 km (22 mi) length of West Flanders along the coast, known as the Yser Front, along the Yser river and the Yperlee canal, from Nieuwpoort to Boesinghe. This new way of thinking was only vaguely recognized by the Allies, who had also equipped their troops with more automatic weapons, but who did not re-train their men in a way which extracted the greatest advantage from these new weapons.
In the drier periods, the British advance was inexorable and during the unusually wet August and in the Autumn rains that began in early October, the Germans achieved the problems with Frances government only costly defensive successes, which led the German commanders in early October to begin preparations for. The Versailles treaty returned the border provinces of Alsace-Lorraine to France, thus limiting the coal required by German industry. German heavy artillery was able to demolish the main forts within a few days. To reference this page, use the following citation:. Fortifications of the Western Front 191418. Chronicle of the First World War: 191721. If a slope was available, troops were deployed along the rear side for protection.
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