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Germany made vast encircling movement through Belgium to enter Paris

Underestimated speed of the British mobilization

Quickly sent troops to France

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The Schlieffen Plan’s Destructive Nature

The Schlieffen Plan’s Destructive Nature

Sept 6-10, 1914

Battle of Marne

Stopped the Germans but French troops were exhausted

Both sides dug trenches for shelter

STALEMATE

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The Trenches

The Trenches

Trenches dug from English Channel to Switzerland

6,250 miles

6 to 8 feet deep

Immobilized both sides for 4 years

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The Trenches

The Trenches

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The Trenches

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The Trenches

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Life in the Trenches

Life in the Trenches

Elaborate systems of defense

barbed wire

Concrete machine gun nests

Mortar batteries

Troops lived in holes underground

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Life in the Trenches

Life in the Trenches

Boredom

Soldiers read to pass the time

Sarah Bernhardt came out to the front to read poetry to the soldiers

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“Death is everywhere”

“Death is everywhere”

“We all had on us the stench of dead bodies.” Death numbed the soldier’s minds.

Shell shock

Psychological devastation

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“Death is everywhere”

“Death is everywhere”

Mustard gas

Carried by the wind

Burned out soldier’s lungs

Deadly in the trenches where it would sit at the bottom

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Life in the Trenches

Life in the Trenches

Trench warfare baffled military leaders

Attempt a breakthrough

Then return to a war of movement

Millions of young men sacrificed attempting the breakthrough

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Battle of Verdun

Battle of Verdun

10 months

700,000 men killed

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Battle of Verdun

Battle of Verdun

10 months

700,000 men killed

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The changes of war

The changes of war

New weapons crippled the “frozen front”

Poison gas (mustard gas)

Hand grenades

Flame throwers

Tanks

Airplanes

Tanks

Subs

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