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I am currently watching the 20th Century Battlefields Episode on the Battle of Amiens in 1918, the one battle that best showed how to break the stalemate on the Western Front
It got me thinking: How long could the stalemate have lasted by itself?
Think about it. The Stalemate was firmly broken in the strategic sense by the closing of the Eastern Front (Russian Revolution) and the Entry of the United States into the War on the Allied side, which in my opinion served primarily to just relieve and back up the exhausted French, British/Commonwealth and what was left of the Belgian Armies.
On the tactical level the stalemate was partially beaten by the introduction of the Tank as well as new artillery and infantry tactics.
it was all of these combined that really broke the seemingly endless stalemate.
What if only some or none of these factors were ever created? What if the US stayed out and there was no Russian Revolution? What if the tank was abandoned due to mechanical issues or never created? What if the commanders never realized the foolishness in the outdated tactics?
Of course the questions I just asked were in all likelihood not going to happen, given the circumstances surrounding the decisive factors coming into play.
Just think about it. The tactical, operational, and strategic situation in Europe never really changes from its situation from 1915-1916, even up until the real end date: Nov 11. 1918.
Given all the knowledge we have of the situations of both sides, how long could this stalemate have lasted just by itself? If there were a de facto winner, which side would that be?
Remember: this assumes that there is no decisive factor or battle that swings the tide of war in ether side's favor
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