Is the WW1 stalemate generals fault
below then his underlings were equally reticent in passing that information upwards. For instance, the German U-boat campaign indirectly led to the stalemate being broken by getting the Americans involved. He therefore did not allow Haig, commander on the spot, to have them until it was too late, and the attack consequently failed causing thousands of casualties. Haig and his ilk had so much invested in their much vaunted offensives that they could not be allowed to fail. Willingness to keep battles going (and accept enormous casualties) well after it was clear that success was unlikely. The decision to fight a major battle on the Somme is a prime example.
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The New Army divisions, for example the 46th, 31st (nicknamed the Thirty worst) and 29th, were cut to pieces emerging from their trenches at the end of the bombardment and walking into a hail of fire from undamaged German machine guns. By 4 April, however, Rawlinson had heard that Haig had something altogether more grandiose in mind, writing that the Commander in Chief favoured wider objectives with the chance of breaking the German line. In the meantime stalemate was the unavoidable consequence. It was painfully small even smaller than the Belgian or Serbian armies of the time. For instance, at Loos in 1915 the Germans were able to increase their reserves from 4,000 to 16,000 inside two days. During the first week of the Somme the Germans were able to send 494 trainloads of troops to stiffen resistance to British attacks and so prolong the stalemate. The results were predictable. Atttacking commanders were at a disadvantage. The plan was designed to calculate exactly how many units Germany would need to secure victory over France by way of Belgium, but it failed when the German general Moltke sent too few troops to invade Belgium. The addition of machine guns and long-range rifles made movement impossible in these areas. Nevertheless he did not voice these doubts and forbade his officers from criticising the plan.
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