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Western Front
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Western Front

The most important battlefield of the First World War in Western and Central Europe was the Western Front. The largest and bloodiest battles took place in the north of France and in Belgium, where most German, French, British, Belgian, American, and Portuguese soldiers lost their lives.

The front was Western from the German perspective, an indication of the German army’s crucial importance for the progress of the war. It began with the German invasion of Belgium and France in August 1914. The frontier battles fulfilled the expectat…

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Bourne, John M., “Western Front”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 11 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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