Devil on Tracks

Lead: Trapped behind a trench line hundreds of miles long, the British turned to technology to break the impass.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By the middle of 1915, hostile forces facing each other across No Man's Land on the western front had settled in to round after round of bloody, but indecisive battle to break the trench barrier. Faced with the awesome power of new artillery pieces and the machine gun, the armies of Germany, France, England, Russia, Austria and Italy, did what armies had done for centuries When faced with a new weapon, they dug a hole and jumped in it. Mile after mile of elaborate trenches, ripped up the beautiful French countryside.

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