Heavy Losses

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Both sides attempted to break out of the Western front stalemate with a massive use of force. The British offensive at the Somme cost over 1,000,000 casualties - the result was a gain of a mere 6 miles along a 25 foot long stretch of the western front.  The German offensive at Verdun cost  500,000-600,000 casualties, also with little gain. 

Trench warfare was an enormously wasteful process which produced few results - and the cost in human life was atrocious.

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