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HOW DID THE WESTERN FRONT IMPACT UPON THE LIVES OF BRITISH SOLDIERS AT WAR 1914 -1916 ? The Great War was a war of uncertainties. At 1914 the war set to end by Christmas, but was still going by 1916 and the attitudes of war lifestyle differed. The perspectives of the already-recruited soldiers and the public in England, contrasted. Initially soldiers flocked to join the army they had a vision of them returning as heroes also the 'Pals Battalion' scheme further encouraged people to recruit, as they could be with friends and family in the Western Front which the public saw as a great idea . The soldiers were enthusiastic, brimming with 'war fever' and had a great feeling of patriotism, even so that some soldiers lied about their age to recruit in the British army. However, as the soldiers already in the trenches knew, the reality of trench warfare is grim. As they soon see the real trench warfare, with the huge social, mental and physical impacts on the soldiers in the Western Front. ...read more.


With many soldiers dying in the trenches, they were buried almost where they fell; the decomposing bodies teamed with the scraps of food, attracted many rats, with the fact that one pair of rats could produce an offspring of 880 rats a year, trenches were soon swarming with rats. Rats were also a demoralising experience for the soldiers as they affected the soldiers both physically and mentally. The soldiers witnessed the rats feeding on the flesh of their fellow troops, they would also be a constant threat on the soldiers who had a fear of the creatures. The British soldiers experiences of war. Veterans describes it as being 'a shock to the system' Weapons and injuries, new weapons machine guns mustard gas. Conditions.................fighting, frontline, 'no mans land' Routine and discipline brutal offices Conscription kicks in when people now had to join when the grim reality of war is exposed to the public at home. People now not enthusiastic and dying off this was introduced in 1916 The trenches and conditions were wet and de motivating The routine was boring and exhausting Morale decreases as a result of this as the officers try to keep morale up. ...read more.


The uncertainties of whether or not there were still going to live. The soldiers had a strain of their families, them missing their families at home. They were not prepared for what they experienced. The social impact was just as bad for the soldiers as the mental and physical impact faced on the western front. The mass death was a huge impact with everybody knowing someone who was killed Friendship and camaraderie was harsh on the soldiers with people becoming very close and becoming friends with them 'being on the same boat' as one another and them watching the people who there were close to and their friends and family being killed around them. With their survival instinct and sticking together. Impact and links with home with streets upon streets had their curtains closed as a mark of respect for someone who had died. In conclusion, the Great War had social, mental, and physical impact all contributed to the harsh conditions faced by the soldiers. Veterans can still remember the harsh conditions which prove how bad the conditions were. 26,000,000 people had lost their lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? HISTORY COURSEWORK ...read more.

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