A Dutch solider wades through the marshes of De Biesbosch, hauling a military backpack on his shoulders (April 1913)
Fighting on the Dutch Front during the Great War (1912-1917) was beyond miserable for everyone involved; French, Dutch, and North German alike. Between the brutal and wet topography of the southern United Provinces , the entrenched defensive lines following the initial 1912 offensives, and the muggy summer weather, hundreds died per week just of disease alone. Commanders of both the Coalition and the Continental System focused their offensive operations for most of the war in more favorable terrain in the Rhineland and even Western Iberia.
A British company takes a rest after capturing a western Spanish town 54 miles from the Portuguese border after a tough skirmish (November 1912)
The Iberian front proved to be more mobile in the winter months of 1912 than the Dutch or Italian fronts. The Coallition made slow and steady advances in a fall offensive against the French and Spanish troops laid against them. The Coalltion lost frustratingly large amounts of artillery and equipment during the offensive, only to get meager gains in return before that front too entered into deadlock. It would not be until Spring 1914‘s invasion of Galicia by the Royal Marines would the Iberian front see sustained changes,