A-Z: General definitions: Western Front


The line of fighting in western Europe in World War I. The German army fought the armies to its west, i.e. France, the United Kingdom (and its dominions), and, from 1917, the United States. For most of the war the front line stretched from the Vosges Mountains in eastern France, through Amiens, to Ostend on the coast of Belgium. It comprised 440 miles of trenches, dug-outs and barbed wire fences which stretched from the North Sea to Switzerland. 

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