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trench warfare world war 1. German Front line.

Soldiers emerge from a trench and go over the top into battle during the First World War.

There were three main types of poisonous gas used in trench warfare: chlorine, phosgene and mustard gas. Although it could kill, chlorine gas was easy to detect. Mustard gas was first used by the Germans in 1917 and it was incredibly effective. Although it wasn't as fatal as phosgene, mustard gas could linger over the battlefields and cause horrific burns. Phosgene however was a lot more powerful and it was difficult to detect - this became the main killing gas of WWI.

There were three main types of poisonous gas used in trench warfare: chlorine, phosgene and mustard gas. Although it could kill, chlorine gas was easy to detect. Mustard gas was first used by the Germans in 1917 and it was incredibly effective.

VERDUN 1916-2016: German soldier with French dead during the Battle of Verdun, 1916.

A German soldier aims his rifle from a shallow fold in the ground near Fort Vaux with a dead French soldier on his left during the Battle of Verdun

Infantrymen sitting in a trench reading and smoking during the early days of trench warfare in the First World War. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Infantrymen sitting in a trench reading and smoking during the early days of trench warfare in the First World War. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War. They’re part of a collection of over a t…

The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War. They’re part of a collection of over a t…

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Trench Warfare / Weapons of World War One

Trench Warfare Simulation and Virtual Online Tour Serve as Great WWI Resources.

Trench Warfare Anthony Saunders

Trench Warfare Anthony Saunders

Written in the trenches. During WW1, many battles were fought in the trenches. This was called trench warfare.

Trench warfare caused war of attrition because the armies were so close to each other their goal was to overpower the enemy by making them weak.

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