The Western Front of World War One

The German invasion of Luxembourg and Belgium opened up the first incarnation of the Western Front in World War One. The Battle of the Marne stemmed the tide of German advance and soon both sides had dug in to fortified trenches in a meandering line stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss/French border.

The numerous attacks and counter-attacks along the front during World War One resulted in a total of approximately 13,000,000 killed or wounded troops. The front proved integral and decisive in the war as the Allies gained the upper hand on its battlefields and ended the war with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

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