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Chris Hunt

Strictly speaking, the trench was not a 20th century invention. Trenches had been employed in siege warfare for centuries. The latter stages of the American Civil War in the East were very trench-based.

What was different about WW1 was that whole countries were effectively under siege for four years, with the trench lines becoming more and more, erm, entrenched during that period. Add machine guns and TNT into the mix and you have the particular blend of "progress" that brought about the Western Front.

Great pictures, by the way.


Yes, you're right--I don't know what I was thinking.

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