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World War one (also known as The Great War) became what is known as a war of attrition - each side basically trying to exhaust the other. The main reason for armies setting up trenches - "digging in", rather than making quick assaults was - train time tables. Back in the early 1900's, HQ relied on railways to move their troops to locations. Cars were new and expensive to run, so army generals relied on using trains to move troops to and from locations. Why couldn't they make a quick assault? Because it was much easier to defend than attack - why? Because; once the train lines stopped, troops would need to march many miles a day to make a successful assault, and by that time, most men would be to fatigued to be able to fight properly. And so the Great War became a war of attrition.

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