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Trench Warfare - A Report

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Trench Warfare - A Report Purpose Men dug Trenches with shovels, 8ft - 9ft deep. They were so deep, because they were made to protect them from shells, bullets and barbed wire to stop the enemy from advancing over their land. The soldiers had to go over the top and try to go into no-mans land; there were thousands of casualties. They had sandbags to protect them from gunfire. There were two lines of trenches, Eastern and Western fronts. The main area of trench warfare was fought on the Western front, which was being held by Germany. From the 12th October to 11th November 1914 was known as the first battle of Ypres was no battle in the old style, were movement in the open field produced decision with in a single day, it was first spluttering attempt at trench warfare. ...read more.

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Firing trenches were backed up by cover trenches, which provided a second line of defense in case enemy troops overran the firing trench. "Resting" off-duty troops lived in dugouts in the support trenches. Supplies, and fresh troops were transported to the front via a network of reserve and communications trenches. Between the trenches of opposing forces lay an area known as no-man's-land. Trenches were cut along battlefield fronts in World War I to protect troops from deadly artillery and machine-gun fire. Firing trenches were backed by cover trenches, which provided a second line of defence in case enemies overran the firing trench. Each was about 1.8 to 2.5 m (6 to 8 ft) deep. Off-duty troops lived in dugouts in the support trenches. Supplies, food, and fresh troops moved to the front through a network of reserve and communications trenches. Between the trenches of opposing forces lay no-man's-land. ...read more.

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The Machine Gun was very effective, it could fire 600 bullets a minute you didn't have to aim at the line of soldiers in front of you like soldiers did with rifles. If the soldiers positioned properly it could wipe out an entire elite. Tactics They would set up the machine post in, a efficient place because these guns could wipe out a antler line of troops. This meant that the enemy would have to think of a different way of advancing through no-mans land. So many men died at the Somme because the generals made so many mistakes like they kept making us charge, or the generals should had know that if you fire shells before you charge they make big holes to fall in. these are soldiers points of views. Conditions in the Trenches The solders got 5p a day for staying in the trenches. The conditions in the trenches were very poor soldiers got foot rot for stading in a wet muddy ground for a long period of time. ...read more.

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