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Describe the conditions experienced by British soldiers on the Western Front in the years 1915-1917. (450 words max, 15 marks)

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Great War Coursework Essay 1 Describe the conditions experienced by British soldiers on the Western Front in the years 1915-1917. (450 words max, 15 marks) One of the worst conditions was the fact that all of the soldiers lived in constant fear that they could be attacked or it by a shell. Many found it hard to eat and sleep while living in regular fear of death. A soldier from the Battle of the Somme said, "Death and injury could come without any warning". These terrible situations led to many having delusional symptoms and paranoia, along with what doctors called "Trench fever". ...read more.


These victims were often treated harshly and told to get "back on the line". There wasn't just illness and death due to the war, but there were also trench rats. They were attracted due to the dead bodies all around and constant "scraps that littered the trenches". They swarmed dead bodies, took food from pockets of sleeping men and even "eat a wounded man if he couldn't defend himself". These rats lived with the soldiers and helped add to the ongoing struggle they had to live in these dreadful surroundings. Soldiers had to wear their uniform all the time, for eating, sleeping and of course fighting. ...read more.


This would have annoyed and distressed many soldiers and made it hard for them to live normally. When the battalions formed in 1914 and 15, many joined the war along with their friends and many signed up to their platoons together. However, it will have been devastating to them when many of their friends were cut down next to them by enemy fire in what could be literally a matter of seconds. They had to live around the corpses of their friends, rotting away into the soil and had to eat and sleep while in the back of their minds was these images of their life-long, dearest friends being shot dead next to them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Conway History Coursework Word Count: 442 ...read more.

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