Major Battles of World War 1
French Armored Cars Heading to the Front, 1914
This section lists the main battles of world war 1. On the Western Front the Germans and the Allies fought several major battles including the battles of the Marne, Ypres, Verdun, and the Somme. These battles were all characterized by major slaughter of soldiers on both sides in a war of attrition that did not significantly alter the front lines of either side. Because both sides relied on heavily fortified trenches, thousands of men died in nearly suicidal attacks on each others positions, only to be mowed down by machine guns, choked by gas, or entangled on barbed wire.