THE WESTERN FRONT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE -

Spread across France and Bel­gium, from the Swiss bor­der to the North­ern Sea, it was from the Western Front that the war re­ally started. Be­gin­ning with the early trench wars, this Front saw some of the most im­por­tant bat­tles of the war. It was here, in Ypres (in Bel­gium), that sol­diers faced deadly poi­sons gas for the first time. By the end of the war, both the Al­lies and the Ger­mans had used tonnes of gas, killing thou­sands of peo­ple. Erich Maria Re­mar­que’s clas­sic novel ‘All Quiet On The Western Front,’ which also lent it­self to a screen clas­sic of the same name, is based on the ac­tion here.

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