Positional Warfare
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Positional Warfare

A form of warfare conducted along permanent and fortified front lines. The war of positions came to characterize the First World War in contrast to other forms of combat. All major military powers had based their pre-1914 war strategies on a war of movement. This was the case despite the fact that positional warfare was not unfamiliar. Siege warfare had been ubiquitous in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Even in recent conflicts such as the Russo-Japanese War of 1904…

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “Positional Warfare”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0473>
First published online: 2015



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