How was the Western fron of ww1 characterized?
The western front of WWI was largely characterized by trench warfare, which consisted of both sides spending the majority of their time facing one another in trenches. Disease, rats, and mental illness led to the conditions in these trenches being almost unbearable.
The large amounts of mud in these trenches due to heavy rains also meant that it was common for soldiers to drown in these mud trenches without anyone noticing. Offensives mainly consisted of waves of infantry rushing towards the enemy position after an artillery barrage, which usually consisted of massive casualties and very little territory gained. Weapons such as the machine gun and more accurate artillery made defensive positions extremely difficult to seize throughout the war.
This form of war fare continued until the widespread development of the tank and other armed vehicles which were able to break through enemy lines along with aircraft becoming far more widespread and effective in warfare. The Western Front was and is seen as one of the most horrendous and grim battlefields in human history, with tens of thousands of soldiers dying in these trenches almost every single day.