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Trench Warfare

Alex D is The Bomb!!!!!

Alex Fisher

on 7 June 2010

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Trench Warfare Presented By Randy Fowler And Alex D. And William And Alex F. YEAAAAA!!!!! The first thing a new recruit would notice on the way to the front line was the smell of rotting bodies in shallow graves, men who haven't washed in weeks because there were no facilities, over flowing cess pits, creosol or chloride of lime, used to stave off the constant threat of disease and infection. Life in the Trenches Rats and Lice Rats were a constant companion in the trenches in their millions they were everywhere, gorging themselves on human remains (grotesquely disfiguring them by eating their eyes and liver) they could grow to the size of a cat. Men tried to kill them with bullets, shovels, or anything else they had on hand, but they were fighting a losing battle as only one pair of rats can produce 900 offspring a year. Lice were a constant problem with men, breeding in dirty clothing they were impossible to get rid of. Even when clothes were washed and deloused there would be eggs that would escape the treatment in the seams of the clothes. It was not discovered that lice was the cause of trench fever until 1918. Shell Shock Between 1914 and 1918, the British Army identified 80,000 men (2% of those who saw active service!) as suffering from Shell-Shock. Early syptoms included tiredness, irritability, giddiness, lack of concentration and headaches. Eventually men suffered mental breakdown and making it impossible for them to remain in the front-line. Some came to the conclusion that the soldiers condition was caused by the enemy's heavy artillery. These doctors argued that a bursting shell creates a vaccum, and when the air rushes into this vaccum it disturbs the cerebro-spinal fluid and this can upset the working of the brain. Random Facts! The mud and cold caused many soldiers to suffer from trench foot. In an attack the soldiers had to get out of their trenches, pass through their own barbed wire, cross no man's land, go through the enemy's barbed wire and into their trenches. This proved almost impossible. The mud was so thick that men disappeared into it and were never seen again. Trench food was monotonous comprising tinned Irish Stew, tinned vegetables, and tinned bully beef. Special Thanks to Alex D. Aka Canadian Bacon AKAA Our Group Savior The End
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