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The Western Front in Europe was the largest and costliest front in the Great War. It opened in 1914 when Germany invaded France and Belgium, following a plan conceived by Alfred von Schlieffen based on Robert E. Lee's 1862 invasion of Pennsylvania. For the next three years, German troops battled British, French, and Belgian forces on a mostly stationary front, though the Germans did take Verdun in 1916. Poison gas, barrels, and many generations of aeroplanes all saw their first action in Europe, and often in the world, on the Western Front.

The stalemate of the Western Front ended in 1917 when the French Army mutinied and France was forced to surrender.

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