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Major Battles of World War I

World War I was the first global conflict of its scale. Many major and significant battles were fought between 1914 and 1918,
and most of the major countries of the world were drawn into it. World War I saw the emergence of trends that would rewrite history.

Use of Poison Gas
Prior to World War, I the use of poison gas was insignificant. Driven by a desperate need to end the frustrating stalemate of trench warfare on the Western Front, France, Germany, and other countries resorted to the use of poison gas was as a weapon. Poison gas was used as a lethal tool in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, the Second Battle of Ypres, and the Loos- Artois Offensive.

Development of Tanks and Anti-tank Weapons
With both the Allied and Central troops digging into trenches, mobility was curtailed on the Western front. An immediate consequence of this was the development of tanks. At first the tanks did seem bulky and serious doubts were raised with regard to their efficacy. The Germans then started to develop anti-tank weapons. Toward the end of World War I, it became clear that tanks would be part of the weaponry of all nations in the years to come. The World War I battles where tanks featured were Battle of Flers-Courcelette, Battle of Cambrai, Battle of Saint-Mihiel, and Battle of the Argonne Forest.

Naval Warfare
Naval Warfare ranked high on the minds of the countries involved in World War I. The Battle of Jutland was the biggest naval battle of the war. The Battle of Heligoland Bight and the German U-Boat Campaign set the stage for full-fledged naval warfare, as witnessed in World War II.

Trench Warfare
Trench warfare became a characteristic feature of the battles of the Western Front from late 1914 on. The Battle of Arras, Battle of Passchendaele, and Battle of the Somme are some of the important battles fought from the trenches of the Western Front.

The major battles of World War I were accompanied with the loss of lives and property.

  Major Battles of World War I  
Battle of Passchendaele - 1917Battle of Passchendaele - 1917
Battle of Tannenberg – 1914Battles of Gaza - 1917
Battle of Heligoland Bight - 1914Second Battle of Aisne - 1917
First Battle of Marne – 1914Second Battle of Arras - 1917
First Battle of the Masurian Lakes – 1914Battle of Messines – 1917
First Battle of Aisne – 1914Battle of Passchendaele - 1917
First Battle of Albert - 1914Battle of Caporetto - 1917
First Battle of Arras – 1914Battle of Cambrai - 1917
First Battle of Ypres – 1914German Spring Offensive - 1918
Gallipoli Campaign – 1915Hundred Days Offensive - 1918
Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes – 1915Battle of Passchendaele - 1917
Battles of Isonzo – 1915Second Battle of Somme - 1918
Loos-Artois Offensive - 1915Second Battle of Marne - 1918
Battle of Verdun - 1916Battle of St Mihiel - 1918
Battle of Passchendaele - 1917Battle of Cambrai - 1917
First Battle of Somme - 1916Battle of Vittori Veneto - 1918

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