Trench Warfare

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What is it?

Trench warfare is a form of land warfare using occupied fighting lines consisting largely of trenches, in which troops are significantly protected from the enemy's fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery.

The Pit of Death

Trench warfare occurred when a revolution in firepower did not match up to the advances in mobility, resulting in a deadly form of warfare in which the defender held the advantage.

Trenches From Above

This is what typical trenches look like, where two opposing sides fight in guerilla-like warfare. As you can see it is very large and almost like a maze. Obviously fighter planes attacking from above have a great advantage.

No Man's Land

This here is a photo of what is known as No Man's Land. In WWI, both sides constructed elaborate trench and dugout systems opposing each other along a front, protected from assault by barbed wire. The area between opposing trench lines (known as "no man's land") was fully exposed to artillery fire from both sides. Attacks, even if successful, often sustained severe casualties as a matter of course.