From November 1914 until March 1918 there was stalemate on the Western Front as both sides stuck to their trenches for protection Between the two opposing sets of trenches was No Man's Land which any attacking troops had to cross.Both sides used thick belts of barbed wire to protect the trenches. Troops caught up in the wire became easy targets for the enemy machine gunners and snipers The wars in the trenches were so intense that 10% of the fighting soldiers (not the officers) were killed in the trench warfare and around 50% would get wounded. "General Melchard sir, Every time we go over the top the Gerrys are waiting with their machine guns and we're slaughtererd!" Nonsense Blackadder, carry on, Let the Hun Know we're here" 90yrs later - same same Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused the majority of Nato casualties in 2010 and their indiscriminate use has been blamed by the United Nations for contributing to record civilian casualties. From April to June, 3,845 exploded or were found, according to the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organisation (JIEDDO). Coaliton killed and wounded from the bombs rose 15 per cent yearly to 1,248 over the same period. In June, use of roadside bombs was 25 per cent higher than average. Most of the bombs are of homemade explosive, but attempts to block the import of ammonium nitrate fertiliser used in its manufacture have failed to stop the increase in devices. "General Melchard sir, every time we go on patrol the taliban have got an IED waiting for us" Nonsense capt Darling, we've got to re assure the local were here!"