Life in the Trenches Part II Hardship in the Trenches By: Shayla, Nicole & Michelle
Dysentery • Definition: An infectious disease marked by inflammation and ulceration of the lower part of the bowels, with diarrhea that becomes mucus and haemorrhoids • The troops acquire it from malnutrition
Trench Rats • Definition: A large rat that eats remains of dead bodies and old food. • They came to the trenches to find food and shelter. • Veterans say it was one of the most horrific memories of the war. • They would crawl over soldiers faces during their sleep.
Shell Shock • Definition: Is the reaction of some soldiers in the war due to the trauma of battle • Reaction to intensity of the fighting that produced a helplessness appearing as panic. • An inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk.
Body Lice • Definition: A lice which infests humans. • They lay their eggs near the seams of clothing. • They must feed on blood. • They spread rapidly under crowded living conditions where hygiene is poor. (The Trenches)
Food in the Trenches • They receive meat 9/30 days • They start with 9 ounces of meat and 10 ounces of vegetables a day. • The army could not maintain these portions so by 1916 this had been cut to 6 ounces of meat and 9 ounces of vegetables. • The majority of their food was canned corn beef, bread and biscuits.
Trench Foot • Definition: An infection of the feet caused by cold, wet, and insanitary conditions. • In the trenches, men stood for hours on end in waterlogged trenches without being able to remove wet socks or boots. • For example, during the winter of 1914 and 1915, over 20,000 men in the British army were treated for trench foot.
Casualties in the Trenches • Definition: Casualty is another word for death. • The estimate for number of deaths varies from 8.5 million to 12 million people throughout the war. • Most soldiers were killed during major attacks of enemies trenches. • Over 21,300 were killed on the first day of Battle of the Somme.
Sources • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWtrench.htm • http://dictionary.reference.com/ • http://www.google.ca/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi