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Trench Warefare

Post  laraschembrisant on Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:43 pm

The concept of trench warfare has nothing whatsoever to do with machine guns. The tactics and terminology were born of siege warfare in the 17th century. Saps (trenches and tunnels) were dug by sappers toward and around the defenses of a besieged target. The defenders generally had the weaponry and fortifications to withstand a direct attack. The trenches were a means by which the attacking force tried to thwart the defenses. As technology of firepower of the defending force outstrips mobility of the attacking force, new and improved ways to kill people are developed. Mankind pretty much outgrew trench warfare with the advent of planes and tanks after WWI. Now, we use missiles and smart weapons so we don't have to get our hands dirty. An alliance is a formal political, military or economic agreement signed by two or more nations. Alliances are binding under international law, though they are frequently annulled or broken. Many alliances require signatory nations to provide support to other signatory nations in the event of war with an enemy power. This support may range from financial or logistic backing, such as the supply of materials or weapons, to military support or even a full declaration of war. Alliances may also contain economic conditions, such as trade agreements or investment. Alliances were hardly new in Europe. The continent had for centuries been a melting pot of old rivalries, political intrigue, competing territorial ambitions, military threats, nationalistic suspicion and paranoia. France and England were antagonists for centuries; several times this rivalry had erupted into open warfare. The western front had trench warfare, where after Sept 1914 the front remained relatively unchanged until the end of the war in 1918. The eastern front was longer and therefore lower troop concentrations. The lower troop concentrations made trenches less effective and the was had more movement.

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Re: Trench Warefare

Post  Fabianny Silverio on Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:45 pm

Using trench warfare was a smart way of defeating an opponent. It is amazing to see how much and how fast technology has been growing. They used trenches during world war I and now we use missiles and smart weapons. I really liked your topic!  bananarama 

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