Even though each soldier would have been involved in some form of continual conflict with serving on the front-line (trench rapids, snipers, shelling), it is possible to distinguish major battles (or pushes) whose names have gone down in history as some of the bloodiest conflicts ever waged. There were many battles that took place during the war but the most remembered were the five major battles. Those battles are, The Battle of Marne (1914 and 1918), The Battle of Verdun (1916), The Battle of Ypres (1914, 1915, and 1917), The Battle of the Somme (1916), and The Battle of Cambrai (1917). This paper will explain the pros and cons and major details of each battle.
On September 4, 1914, the rapid advances of the German army through Belgium and northern France caused a major panic in the French army and many troops were rushed from Paris, in taxis, to halt in the advance. With the combination of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), the Germans were eventually halted and the war settled into the familiar defensive series of entrenchments. Ironically, by the end of May 1918, the Germans had again reached the Marne after the enormous successes of Lunderdorff’s Offensives of that year. The battle of the Marne was very costly in terms of casualties. In fact, it was a precursor of what was to come. Some of the 250,000 French soldiers were lost and the Germans suffered about the same casualties. The BEF lost just fewer than 13,000 men. However, Paris was saved and the Germans expected outcome of the Schloieffen Plan that had faltered. Now years of trench warfare was to dominate the western front.
The Battle of Verdun is considered the greatest and lengthiest battle in world history. On December 24, 1915, the final decision was made to attach Verdun. Germanys plan was to crush the French front-line completely with a massive artillery bombardment. The battle of Verdun is considered to be on of the most brutal events of World War I, and the site itself...
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