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The role of the Inspector in An Inspector calls.

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In the First World War trenches were used extensively. Troops spent week's sometimes months in these trenches. When there was stalemate (nothing happening between the two sides) then troops would spend long periods of time in the trenches. An example of this would be in the autumn of 1914 on the German western front. For the men in the trenches it was terrible, the living conditions were appalling and the space was very limited. In the trenches men died everyday not just because of attacks but because of the living conditions the men had to go through. All day there was noises of bombs. Some of the worst cases were when shells were fired and some men would get shell shock or become deaf. Some sergeants told men to kill people who were in shell shock, the men were blind folded so nobody knew who shot who. Heavy artillery was fired all day long and it was very difficult for the troops to get sleep and also there was nowhere to sleep, men just leaned against the walls of the trenches and went to sleep. ...read more.

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In the trenches there had to be some kind of order there was rotary systems in the duties that had to be carried out and also in the different trenches. There were many different trenches and the troops cycled through them, firstly a troop would go into a support trench then into the front line and then into a communication trench and back over again, troops would spend months in each trench depending on how many troops there were. In a year a troop would get to weeks leave. The trenches were in a zigzag shape this made it hard for troops to walk around the trench, but the advantage of this was that if the trench was taken over the opposition could not kill everyone in a line they had to be wary of what was round the corner. There was also a routine for chores. A commander would assign each man with a chore to do for that day or that week. Some of the chores were; the refilling of sandbags, the repair of the trench floor, the repair of trench itself and the drainage. ...read more.

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Some men were sent into no man's land aswell to repair the barbed wire or put more barbed wire out to keep the opposition out. Also to collect and bring back dead bodies; this was one of the most dangerous tasks to do because the snipers could catch sight of you and just shoot you down. On some occasions men would meet in no man's land they would either run away or fight to kill on another. There was more than fighting in the trenches as I have showed all these routines and chores had to be done and it made it even more difficult when the troops were being fired and shells are firing all over the trenches. When actually did have to fight the troops had to fight in the trenches and in 'No mans land'. The sergeants called it 'going over the top' when the troops had to get out of the trenches and fight. There would be heavy artillery fired into 'No mans land' to clear the way and then the troops would run through to the opposite side trying to kill and many as they could most people got killed when they had to go and fight in 'No mans land'. ...read more.

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