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Trench Warfare in WWI For Soldiers in World War one life was terrible, especially if they lived in the Trenches. They suffered emotional and physical distress to win the war. In the trenches soldiers walked on mud, 'sumps' (earth dug from the ground to make a drain) were made to collect any excess water and the 'duckboards' (planks of wood) were placed on top of the sumps for soldiers to walk on, unfortunately this didn't always work and soldiers were forced to wade in mud. In the Somme weather was changeable but it tended to be rainy rather than sunny. When it did rain it flooded the trenches and made the mud worse. If it did rain a lot then trench walls could be worn down or could collapse, even though they had a timber structure it sometimes wasn't enough to support the walls. If the height of walls was worn down then unfortunate tall soldiers became a moving target for German guns! ...read more.


Lots of other 'creatures' lived in the pool of mud, which lay in the trenches these included frogs, slugs and all sorts of pond life. If the thought of living with these turns you sick then think about eating them, this is what desperately hungry soldiers did and also ate rats and mice. As soldiers were living cramped together in rows of trenches disease spread very quickly. This made disease a big killer in the war; many soldiers died before they even fought. Disease could be caused by the rats and lice etc... living in the trenches so all sorts of things link together. Soldiers weren't given enough food, so they ate rats, the rats were there because of the unhygienic conditions and the rats caused disease, which caused death. So if the government had cleaned up trenches and gave soldiers food there would be less death. Many diseases were caused by the bad conditions in the trenches 'Trench foot' is a disease caused by spending too much time walking in wet and damp conditions. ...read more.


They would shoot themselves in the foot or trigger finger pretend to be mad. This however hardly ever worked. If the wound was suspicious then you would be tried for cowardice and if found guilty shot. This may seem harsh, but if they let one person get away with it then everyone else would try to do the same. The Germans didn't live in conditions as bad as the British so this made them healthier and stronger. Also Germans had machine guns which could easily kill a lot of men, the British had a bayonet a stick and a gun with six shots, the Germans had all this too. When soldiers were firing they stood on a fire step and shot between some sandbags this protected them but stopped them from seeing properly. Barbed wire was put outside the trench to stop intruders from getting in. Unfortunately this stopped them from getting out to attack. So before attacking, no mans land was bombed to get rid of the barbed wire. The only problem was that it gave the Germans a signal to when the British would attack. ...read more.

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