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Trench Conditions In World War One

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Trench Conditions During World War One Throughout World War One, soldiers lived in trenches that were originally dug by the British, French, and Germans. They stretched across Europe from the English Channel to Switzerland. The trenches were huge ditches dug in the dirt, and were used to protect each side from enemy machine guns, as well as functioning as a storage place to keep weapons and supplies, eg. guns, shells, food, etc. According to statistics taken after the war, more soldiers died in the trenches than in battle. During the first two years of war, over 3 000 000 men enlisted to join the British Army. Government propaganda showed posters that made life in the trenches seem exciting. Soldiers were made to look happy and the conditions displayed were clean. This made many people believe that life as a soldier would be fun and exhilarating, and would possibly even be better than staying at home. ...read more.

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In addition, there were rats in the millions infesting the trenches, as well as frogs, lice, slugs, and many other creatures inhabiting the trenches along with the soldiers. Rats were a constant source of fear, because they fed on human remains, eg. gouging out the eyes and the inner organs. They carried diseases around, and crawled all over the place. Lice were another never-ending problem, because they bred constantly in the seams of filthy clothing. Even after delousing clothing, lice eggs remained hidden in the seams; within hours, body heat from the wearer would hatch the eggs, and cause the dilemma all over again. Terror of the animals at night prevented numerous soldiers from being able to get enough sleep. Countless soldiers stayed up all night, trying futilely to rid the trenches of the rats and other creatures. There were many sicknesses and diseases that spread throughout the trenches, eg. trench foot, shellshock, etc. ...read more.

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Not only did the diseases affect the soldiers in the way that they weren't able to fight, but they also reduced the confidence in the soldiers. One common disease was trench foot, and it affected the soldiers by means of their feet swelling up and causing them to be unable to walk properly. Many soldiers that developed trench foot had to have their feet amputated after the war. This is why I think that the diseases and sicknesses were the worst aspects of living in the trenches. In conclusion, trench conditions during World War One were filthy and unhygienic. They were unfit for the soldiers to live in, and infested with rats, lice, frogs, and many other creatures. The soldiers were affected by the conditions in many harmful situations, such as the diseases and sicknesses. I think that if the conditions in the trenches had been better, then not as many soldiers would have died, because more soldiers died living in the trenches than out on the battlefield. ?? ?? ?? ?? Taipei European School Becky.CHANG B9ETR History ...read more.

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