World War One was a period of momentous change:
changes in tactics driven by startling changes in technology.
Many of these changes were clearly signaled in the
Russo-Japanese War (and even as far back as the American
Civil war), yet European armies chose to ignore these
portents of change. Early attempts to break the western
front stalemate saw exciting strategic initiates such as the
Dardanelles landings, now seen as a monumental failing of
western arms and a great victory for Turkish arms. As a
result the strategic innovation represented by this campaign
is often ignored, even though Sir Basil Liddell-Hart would
have been proud of its strategic intent.