The men who signed up to fight in 1914 believed the war would be short and glorious. New developments in military technology soon proved them wrong. By 1915, the armies of both sides had ground to a halt and dug themselves into long lines of trenches - the Western Front - which stretched from the coast of northern France and Belgium to the Swiss Alps. The Front became a hellish wasteland scoured by artillery shelling and machine-gun fire. By the time the fighting ended in November 1918, the war had killed almost 10 million men.

This simulation is intended to aid pupils' understanding of what the First World War must have been like for the men who fought it. Any queries, corrections, suggestions please contact the author:

Rob Fleetwood, Smestow School, Wolverhampton:
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