The idea of “No-man’s land” is centuries old, but today it is forever linked with the horrors of the First World War. Originally, the phrase was used to describe parcels of land that laid just beyond the London city walls but during WWI it referred to the area of land between two enemy trench systems, which neither side wished to cross or seize due to fear of being attacked by the enemy in the process. Mechanized and explosive weapons such as machine guns and mortars made trench warfare on the Western Front more hellish than ever. Both sides of this land were often encircled with barbed wire and improvised land mines, as well as corpses and wounded soldiers who were not able to make it across the sea of explosions. Barbed wire was used in vast quantities during the First World War to protect trenches from infantry and cavalry charges. It was also a deadly obstacle since men and horses could become entangled in it like a fly in a web. Sometimes the wounds caused by the barbed wire would not heal and become infected. If you were insane enough to enter this space that was heavily defended, you would become an open target for machine guns, mortars, snipers and riflemen. No man's land remained a regular feature of the battlefields of World War I, until mechanized weapons like tanks made entrenched lines less of an obstacle.
Post by Arvin Ramdas