Political map of europe & the mediterranean on 26 dec 1914 (the great war: stalemate on the western front), showing the following events: miracle of the marne battle of masurian lakes race to the sea first battle of ypres ottoman entry into world war i first battle of champagne. The western front was the main theatre of war during the first world war following the outbreak of war in august 1914, the german army opened the western front by invading luxembourg and belgium , then gaining military control of important industrial regions in france.
By the end of 1914 the offensive approach had been abandoned in favour of a defensive line of trenches that stretched along the western front from the north sea to the swiss border the result by the end of the year was the stalemate that all had dreaded and the quickly fading hope that the war would indeed be over before christmas.
They however brought back some mobility to the western front as the stalemate on the western front continued, so the drive to find a weapon that could break this lack of mobility became more intense, hence the tank 13 battle of verdun 14 on february 21st in 1916, the german army sets off this major offensive against verdun.
Why the western front stalemated in wwi may 20, 2011 may 20, 2011 by patrick shrier the conventional explanation for why the western front in world war i settled into a stalemate is that the power of defensive weapons was stronger than the offensive methods employed.
A stalemate occurred during world war i because the german invasion of france failed, and germany could not destroy british and french troops the stalemate occurred after a particularly brutal battle in belgium in which 27,000 french troops were killed in a single day once both sides realized they. Why was there stalemate on the western front 1 see map on the side 2 1 in chess, a position in which one player is unable to move, but their king is not being attacked, which means that neither of the two players wins 2. Historical map of europe & the mediterranean (26 december 1914) - stalemate on the western front: by mid-september, germany had been stopped in the west and both sides moved to consolidate their positions with trench warfare the germans were more successful in the east, with their much smaller forces pushing back a russian invasion attempt. What caused the war to reach a stalemate along the western front in 1914 by rita kennedy.
Many aspects of the western front have become symbolic of world war i: mud-filled trenches, artillery bombardments, appalling tactical blunders, futile charges on enemy positions, periods of stalemate, high death rates and atrocious conditions.
Stalemate developed along the western front because they tactics of offensive warfare had not developed while the technology of defensive warfare had the invention of the machine gun, especially, had made it so that headlong charges of masses of soldiers were suicidal.