Western Front

The First World War started out as an offensive war of mobility. By the end of 1914, this had changed to a defensive war and a line of trenches stretched along the ‘Western Front’ through France and Belgium, all the way from the Swiss border to the North Sea. Although the war was fought on fronts all around the world, it is the trenches of the Western Front that are synonymous with the First World War.

Use the sidebar to discover some of the key places on the Western Front.

IWM Map © IWM (Q 17141)

IWM Map © IWM (Q 17141)