The Battle Of The Trenches During World War II

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Progressive Warfare Terror, disease, long days, and cold nights are some of the best words to describe life in the trenches during the first World War. Offensive advancements were quickly met with standoffs, leaving soldiers living in dirt holes in the ground for months at a time. To overcome the stalemates brought on by trench warfare in WWI, technological advances were made, such as poison gas, tanks, and machine guns, that have changed warfare even to this day. Trench warfare defined the first world war. Prior to the start of the “War to end all wars,” generals believed offensive attacks would ensure that the end would come swiftly. However, they soon realized that stalemates would bring the war to a screeching halt. The Allies and…show more content…
Lice were a large issue because they were the cause of Trench Fever. Trench Fever was a painful disease that was widespread through trenches, both Allied and Central Powers. “It was at one time computed to form 40 percent of evacuations, and 60 per cent of all cases of sickness in certain formations”(577). Although only 8% of Trench Fever cases were fatal, it affected over 800,000 allied soldiers alone, leaving them unfit for duty for up to three months at a time. Symptoms were harsh, but not always fatal. “After an incubation period of fifteen to thirty days, during which prodromata are not frequent, the disease is ushered in with sudden onset- headache, dizziness, pains in the back and legs, lateral nystagmus, injected conjunctivae (pink eye), enlarged spleen, an erythematous or papular rash on the trunk, and sharp fever.”(578). Life in the trenches was far from comfortable. To save their soldiers and progress the war, military officers knew something had to change. One of the many advancements made during the duration of World War I was that of poisonous gasses. These gasses were considered “uncivilized” before the beginning of the first World War. However, they were deemed necessary to overcome the standoff between the Allied forces and the Central Powers. The French army was the first to use such a weapon in 1914, but the Germans were the first to use poisonous gasses on a large scale. The German’s first recorded use of
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