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Mohammed Tahmid 9CO - MR KHAN History Essay - Life in the Trenches The First World War was fought between 1914 and 1918. More British soldiers died in this war than any other in history. Most of these who died did so during big battles like the battle of Somme and battle of Khanaqin in which over 1 million people died. In this essay, I will be describing and examining how life was like in the trenches and the conditions in the trenches. Furthermore, I will be describing a battle during World War 1 that took place in the trenches and look at the consequences of this sort of warfare. The First World War was the first war to be fought mainly in trenches. Trenches were simply dug out of the soil and the walls were sometimes supported by wooden planks. Trenches were dug for the Soldiers to take cover from enemy fire, and be able to fire on the enemy without putting themselves in danger. The floors usually would be cold, muddy and wet. Some of the advantages of trenches were that it gave cover (plenty of protection) and concealment. ...read more.


By the end both sides involved had suffered more than 1.5 million casualties, making it one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded. It started in July 1st 1916 and was fought between the British & the French Vs the Germans. The battle of Somme took place in Northern France, near the Somme River. The battle lasted 4 Months and 18 days. In the battle of Somme Thousands and millions of people died, from France 200,000 people died, from England 420,000 people got killed and from Germany 500,000 people got killed. There has been a lot of debate about whether the tactics used to fight in the battle were effective. The generals planning the battle hopped to win the war so they used some tactics to help them ...... But did they work? General Haig - the senior commander of the British tried to use many tactics to help them win. First he introduced tanks for the first time, this was a new technology at that time but he introduced the tanks before they were perfected. ...read more.


I think the biggest problem that they had is the tactics they used, they weren't very good and I agree with the statement 'Lions lead by Donkeys' because they generals were really very foolish and brainless and I believe if they had used better tactics it would have lead them to victory. The First World War changed they way people lived their lives. For example war hurted people emotionally, changing someone's feelings and looks on certain things. War also hurt physically and mentally and hurt someone's mind due to torture. War is the most hurtful thing in mankind and for millions of people it ended their lives. For many families the impact of war meant that children were being brought up without fathers on a massive scale and due to this it meant the impact on society was enormous. In addition another big change was that because so many men where taken out of their jobs to fight in the war, many of the jobs previously done by men had to be done by women. This new era showed that women were capable of doing jobs previously considered to be for men. This changed people's attitudes towards women and the old vision of their place in society. ...read more.

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