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Life in the Trenches: WW1

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Aarthi Thota

on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of Life in the Trenches: WW1

THE TRENCH CYCLE
STAND TO AND MORNING HATE
LIVING CONDITIONS

During the war there were no proper washing facilities. You were lucky to get a shower even if it was every 3 months. In the trenches, there were rats as big as
cats
! Black and
brown
rats feasted on the remains of dead bodies and even scampered among the soldiers when they were sleeping. Rats were a huge problem because they spread infections and caused contamination. Soldiers ate primitive food such as stale bread, biscuits, tinned "bully" beef, and tea with evaporated milk.
An hour before the sun came up, the sergeant and officer woke up the soldiers and told them to climb up the fire step to guard against the enemy. This was known as the '
Stand To
'. Shortly after the stand to, '
Morning Hate
' occurred. This was a 10-15 minute time to fight. It was a complete waste of ammunition because the sides were both well defended.
YOU DIDN'T THINK ALL THE SOLDIERS DID WAS AIM FIRE AND SHOOT DID YOU? There were rotations the soldiers had to follow during their
already miserable
life in the trenches.

Front line :
most important position; shooting
Support lines :
helping nearby trenches
Reserve :
helping clean, preparations ect
Rest :
REST! (nap, read, write letters to family)
WHAT DID THE TRENCHES LOOK LIKE?
Initially the trenches were a temporary ditch in the ground for positions; but as time went by they became more permanent and sophisticated. They're made in a zigzag pattern to help protect against shootings from the enemies.

Parapet
(front wall) : 10 ft. stacked with sandbags
Fire-Step
(ledge) : allowed soldiers to step up and see over the trench
Parados
(rear wall) : lined with sandbags to prevent walls from collapsing from rain
INTRODUCTION TO THE TRENCHES
Life in the trenches was no fun and games. After failure of the Schlieffen Plan, both sides dug trenches to stop the other from advancing. It was filthy, disgusting, and most of all unhygienic. If you think going a week without taking a shower is repulsive, try going 2-3 months!
Life in the Trenches: WW1
By: Aarthi Thota
FUN FACT
THE WALLS OF THE TRENCHES ALSO HAD DEAD BODIES BURIED INSIDE THEM BECAUSE THE SOLDIERS DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO PROPERLY BURY THEM.
Not a very FUN fact...
RULE:
NO FIGHTING DURING MEAL TIME!!

FUN FACT

Soldiers had rum with their morning tea and rum before a major attack. This was to help calm their nerves.
DISEASES
With all the terror and filth, it was only a matter of time before diseases came along.


Trench foot
: painful swelling and rotting of flesh caused by the inability to keep feet dry

Lice
:
with clothes being barely washed, lice would hide in the threads

Trench fever
: caused by the lice; high fever and pain

Shell-shock
: twitching, screaming, loss of major control ect. With all the trauma going on, soldiers could only handle so much.

CHRISTMAS 1914
Christmas 1914 was a very special holiday. Both trenches got out to celebrate and get away from the war.. They talked, exchanged cigarettes, sang, and drank wine. Not only was it a fun enjoyable time for the soldiers, but it was a time for them to forget about the tragedy's that have happened/are going to happen; and have a fun time with the other men.
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PRESENTATION!
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