Trench Warfare between 1776 and 1918

3 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2015

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Samuel William Bettwy

Thomas Jefferson School of Law; USD School of Law

Date Written: January 2, 2015


Trench warfare, which was a logical response to the introduction of rifled guns, had a significant impact upon the conduct of war because it gave defensive troops a much greater advantage over charging infantry. It stymied Napoleonic tactics and was a primary tactic for waging a defensive war of attrition. Unfortunately, European military strategists did not learn from the painful American experience of trench warfare during the Civil War, so they did not anticipate WWI’s repeat of history.

Keywords: Military History, Trench Warfare

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Bettwy, Samuel William, Trench Warfare between 1776 and 1918 (January 2, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

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