Effects of World War I

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What were the effects, during World War I 1914-1918, of trench warfare on the Western Front?

World War I had claimed many lives and was a great tragedy; the reason the war had started was because most of the other European countries had great empires consisting of many other countries. However Belgium did not have anything to do with these great empires instead she opted out of any wars and any political fights, so she became a neutral country. Even though she had refused to fight, Belgium helped the wounded and anyone who sought medical aid. Whilst the rest of the European countries were making their empires stronger and larger over time, Germany, in 1889 realised that they didn't have such a huge empire as Britain and the other countries did. Germany's new monarch was overwhelmingly jealous, so Germany had quickly become a hard working, wealthy and orderly nation. Even though Wilhelm II had great plans for Germany there were not many good land spaces left to conquer.

His confidence and invasiveness made other world leaders feel uneasy and they felt that they had to try and protect their great empires. Basically Germany invaded Belgium and Britain thought that it was not fair to invade a neutral country so they went out a place in France called the Somme. There was a river nearby named the Somme. This was known as 'The Great War' because it was not only great in the fact that it lasted 4 years and used loads of ammunition, it was also called that because so many lives were taken and so many people suffered because of the huge effect it had on them and their family. The effects of 'The Great War' were devastating, most of the children sent out to fight in the war...