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Life In The Trenches. By Ms. Houselog. Death. Many men died on their first day in the trenches as a consequence of a precisely aimed sniper's bullet. It has been estimated that up to one third of Allied casualties on the Western Front actually occurred in the trenches.

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Life in the trenches

Life In The Trenches

By Ms. Houselog


Death

Death

  • Many men died on their first day in the trenches as a consequence of a precisely aimed sniper's bullet.


Life in the trenches

  • It has been estimated that up to one third of Allied casualties on the Western Front actually occurred in the trenches.

  • Aside from enemy injuries, disease was another big contributor.


Life in the trenches

Rats

  • Millions of brown and black rats infested the trenches.

  • Gorging themselves on human remains (eating mostly the eyes and liver) they could grow to the size of a cat.


Infections

Infections

  • Lice caused Trench Fever, a particularly painful disease that began suddenly with severe pain followed by high fever.

  • A lit candle was fairly effective in removing lice, but the skill of burning the lice without setting yourself on fire was difficult to learn.


Life in the trenches

  • Trench Foot was a fungal infection of the feet caused by cold, wet and unsanitary trench conditions.

  • It could turn gangrenous and result in amputation.


Boredom

Boredom

  • Since both sides were constantly under watch by snipers and look-outs during daylight, movement was logically restricted until night fell.


The smell

The Smell

  • The trenches were filled with a mixture of smells:

    • Rotting carcasses lay around in thousands.

    • Overflowing latrines would similarly give off a most offensive stench.


Life in the trenches

  • Men didn’t have the luxury of a bath in weeks or months and would smell like a mixture of odors and of dried sweat.

  • The feet were thought to give off the worst odor.


Life in the trenches

  • Trenches would also smell of creosol or chloride of lime, used to stave off the constant threat of disease and infection.

  • There was also the lingering odor of poison gas, rotting sandbags, stagnant mud, cigarette smoke and cooking food...


No man s land

No Man’s Land

  • The territory between the opposing front trenches was marked with huge craters caused by the shelling; nearly all vegetation was destroyed.


Life in the trenches

  • Both sides filled this land with barbed wire to slow down any rapid advances by the enemy.

  • The machine gun and the new long-range rifles made movement in this area almost impossible.


Attacks

Attacks

  • Both sides quickly recognized that assaults against the enemy trenches were suicide if begun in broad daylight, so attacks tended to take place just before dawn or right at dawn.

  • Except for artillery shelling, daytime was relatively safe for the soldiers on the front line.


Life in the trenches

  • Once the sun went down, men crawled out of their trenches to conduct raids, investigate the layout of the terrain, and eavesdrop near the enemy lines to pick up information on their strengths, weakness and strategies.


In the end

In The End

  • By the war's end, each side had dug at least 12,000 miles of trenches.


Resources

Resources

  • Featured Article: Life in the Trenches http://www.firstworldwar.com/features/trenchlife.htm

  • The Trenches: Symbol of the Stalemate http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/chapters/ch1_trench.html


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