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Matériel, Battle of
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Matériel, Battle of

Characteristic form of positional warfare that prevailed in particular on the Western Front.

In combat operations that lasted for months on end and involved the massive deployment of heavy weapons, the belligerents aimed for the total destruction of the opponents’ fortified lines and of the troops fighting in them. The ultimate goal of the armies was to break through the enemy front line and to begin regaining ground in depth. Notable examples of the battle of matériel are the Battles of Ver…

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Thoss, Bruno, “Matériel, Battle of”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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