Definition of trench warfare in US English:

trench warfare


  • A type of combat in which opposing troops fight from trenches facing each other.

    • ‘The bloody deadlock of trench warfare cast a long shadow, and no nation, least of all the Germans, wished to repeat that experience.’
    • ‘Thus the trench warfare of World War I, in one sense, required much greater engagement than the blitzkrieg of World War II.’
    • ‘After the carnage of World War One, many nations looked to a new form of military hardware that would ensure the horrors of trench warfare were never relived.’
    • ‘The second generation was the trench warfare of World War I.’
    • ‘In August 1914, no-one could have contemplated the horrors of trench warfare - hence why the cavalry regiments reigned supreme.’
    • ‘Long before either company completes its makeover, each is fighting trench warfare to grab customers today.’
    • ‘Colourful uniforms had been replaced by khaki; heroic charges and defences by long-range shelling; and sweeping military manoeuvres by trench warfare.’
    • ‘The wholesale carnage of trench warfare appalled many military leaders and politicians.’
    • ‘The story of their descent is reminiscent of tales of trench warfare from the Great War.’
    • ‘Less than a year later, maneuver warfare had become trench warfare, a morass of mud and blood on an unprecedented scale.’
    • ‘Campaigns have become the political equivalent of World War I trench warfare, with the hapless voters trapped in no man's land.’
    • ‘In the American civil war the sieges of Vicksburg and Petersburg saw trench warfare on a localized scale, and the same was true of the siege of Port Arthur in the Russo-Japanese war.’
    • ‘Next day I read that the same channel was commissioning a series about trench warfare in the First World War.’
    • ‘It stands as the biggest war on African soil since the beginning of the twentieth century, involving over half a million troops fighting in protracted trench warfare.’
    • ‘The Germans now employed techniques that finally put an end to the deadlock of trench warfare that had immobilized the Western Front for the past three years.’
    • ‘How did the German experience of World War One trench warfare differ from that of the Allies?’
    • ‘World War I was fought using trench warfare almost from the beginning because of the increasing sophistication of antipersonnel weaponry.’
    • ‘World War I was characterized by the extensive use of trench warfare, massive artillery bombardments, and battles of attrition.’
    • ‘The daily horrors of trench warfare, then, became the metaphors of the war and found their way into impressive works of literature.’
    • ‘The end of World War I found the Germans and the British badly bloodied from four years of trench warfare.’


trench warfare

/trenCH ˈwôrˌfe(ə)r/