The Western Front
The Western Front was the name the Germans gave to a massive amount of trenches that ran 700 kilometres from the Belgian coast to the Swiss border. As at Gallipoli, machine-gun fire caused the worst casualties on the Western Front. Both sides had dug trenches, sometimes only 10- 15 metres apart others could be over 100 metres apart, the trenches were used as an obvious protection from the gun fire. But they were never safe from the explosive artillery shells that rained down on the front line soldiers every few seconds for days at a time. The British High Command needed troops urgently. So after the Gallipoli veterans were rested in Egypt, and had been strengthened by the Australians, they were sent to France to fight Germany.