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World War I was a military conflict that lasted from 1914 to 1918 It was a modern war with airplanes machine guns and tanks However the commanders often fought World War I as if it were a 19th Century war They would march their troops across open land into the face of machine guns and often slaughter As a result of this action a tactic known as trench warfare was implementedThe most recent use of use of trench warfare before World War I took place during the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905 This war attracted worldwide attention among military authorities that were interested in studying the latest technology used in war Many viewed trench warfare to be an effective tactic against enemy advancement Because of this view trench warfare proved to be in World War I an ineffective and traumatizing experience for allIn September 1914 the German commander General Erich von Falkenhayn ordered his troops to dig trenched that would provide protection from the allied troops When the allies reached the trench they soon realized that they could not break through the line that the trench provided They also realized that the trench provided the Germans with shelter from their fire Soon after the allies began to dig their own trenches and therefore trench warfare beganNot very long after the first trenches of the war were dug a network of trenches arose This network spread across France and Belgium for many miles Within the network there were three different types of trenches front line trenches support trenches and reserve trenches The first line of trenches was called front line trenches These were usually two meters deep and had a zigzag pattern to prevent enemy fire from sweeping the entire length of the trench In order to prevent the trench form caving in sandbags were stacked against the trench walls Between the trenches of opposing forces laid no mans land This area between the opposing front line trenches
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