The war begins
The allied powers Britain, France, and Russia
The Central Powers Germany, Austria-Hungary, The Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria
Eventually some 30 different countries took sides in what would become known as the Great
Germany’ war strategy called for a massive strike against France to defeat it quickly,
thus leaving British forces on the other side of the English Channel
Once France and Britain were out of the way they would focus their attention to Russia
German Forces determined to avoid the heavily defended French-German border tried to invade
through the neutral country of Belgium
Belgium forces put up a surprisingly strong resistance allowing the French and British time
to rush forces into battle
As result the French and British were able to put up good showing and held the German advance
at the First Battle of the Marne.
This battle proved there would be no quick victory from either side.
War reaches a stalemate
Early 1915 both armies occupied trenches along the battle front that reached from the North
Sea to the border of Switzerland.
Between them was called no-man’s land which was covered with barbed wire and land
mines, thus began a new type of fighting called trench warfare.
In order to fight battles began with massive artillery barrages and then soldiers would
go out of the trenches to attack only to be cut down a hail of machine gun fire.
Deadly new weapons were also added to the horror of
Machine guns fired hundreds of rounds per minute
Tanks were introduced to combat the machine gun
Poison gases, could be released and would settle into the trenches soldiers had only seconds
to slip on gas masks or they would suffocate
Submarines and airplanes also found their first widespread use in World War I