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The reality - source 2

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Report entitled Attack of Trenches from Trenches. Taken from the Lowe papers. Click to enlarge.

Report entitled Attack of Trenches from Trenches. Taken from the Lowe papers. Click to enlarge.

Report entitled Attack of Trenches from Trenches. (DUL ref: Lowe Papers, File A4)

 

 

This source contains advice on attacking trenches and was written by a staff officer. Read it carefully to see what it tells you about the reality of trench warfare. A transcript and an enlarged version are available.

 

1. What does the author of this source think is absolutely crucial for an attack to succeed?

2. How should this be achieved?

3. What problems with trench warfare does the author point out?

4. Make a brief list of all the things he says need to happen if attacks are to be successful?

5. How many of these recommendations do you think were adopted? (You can find out more by looking at the next investigation.)

 

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