World War One : A New Style of War. Schlieffen Plan. Germany wanted to sweep down through Belgium and take France quickly Massed forces on western front for quick victory, then shift focus to the east Germans were stopped and stalemate ensued. Stalemate on the Western Front.
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“Life in the trenches was hell on earth. Lice, rats, trench foot, trench mouth, where the gums rot and you lose your teeth. And of course dead bodies everywhere.”
“ The trenches were wet and cold and at this time some of them did not have duckboards or dug-outs. The battalion lived in mud and water.”
During the winter of 1914-15 over 20,000 men in the British army were treated for trench foot.
Soldiers were required to change socks multiple times a day as well as grease their feet with whale oilTrench Foot
Your feet swell to two or three times their normal size and go completely dead. You could stick a bayonet into them and not feel a thing. If you are fortunate enough not to lose your feet and the swelling begins to go down. It is then that the intolerable, indescribable agony begins. I have heard men cry and even scream with the pain and many had to have their feet and legs amputated.