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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.



Rats casualties on the Western Front actually occurred in the trenches.

  • 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 casualties on the Western Front actually occurred in the trenches.

  • 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.



Boredom
Boredom cold, wet and unsanitary trench conditions.

  • 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 cold, wet and unsanitary trench conditions.

  • 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.




No man s land
No Man’s Land used to stave off the constant threat of disease and infection.

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



Attacks
Attacks any rapid advances by the enemy.

  • 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.



In the end
In The End conduct raids, investigate the layout of the terrain, and eavesdrop near the enemy lines to pick up information on their strengths, weakness and strategies.

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


Resources
Resources conduct raids, investigate the layout of the terrain, and eavesdrop near the enemy lines to pick up information on their strengths, weakness and strategies.

  • 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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