The Dangers of the Trenches Ww1

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The Great War began in 1914 and lasted a gruelling 4 years. During this war, new and powerful weapons were developed such as machinery, guns and heavy artillery. Soldiers had no choice but to dig trenches, which were barely sustainable to live in, in order to protect themselves from the constant enemy gunfire. They lived, ate, slept and fought in these trenches for the whole 4 years…
In this investigation I will thoroughly examine evidence from a whole range of resources to find out the extent of some of the misery and dangers in the trenches for the British and soldiers in World War One starting with miseries.

Chapter 1
Was Life In The Trenches Miserable?

The Food in the Trenches

A huge amount of food was
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While these soldiers are looking in good- health, soldiers often became ill after eating the poorly prepared food, which may carry parasites from water or unusual ingredients like plant weeds and mud when rations fell terribly low.

Health and Hygiene

Soldiers in the trenches face some of the most unhygienic environments known to man! The extent of the health problems is never fully understood. This is primarily because they were censored and only the war survivors lived to tell the stories about the problems. Some of the most obvious problems were the cold, mud and the harsh side effects of rough sleeping. In winter, warm cups of team would freeze in a couple of minutes& even if you took your boots off! The mud from the poorly made British trenches coated clothing in just a few hours and was rarely changed, leaving the body to bath in bacterial growth and sweat! In severe cases, one solider spend 42 days of 1915 without removing his socks and boots. Some soldiers did sometimes do this intentionally to get out of the front line fighting and even faced trench foot and risk of amputation to escape the harsh environment.
Body Lice
One of many problems was body lice infestation within the trenches which made life extremely difficult! One soldier said they were ‘pale fawn in colour, and they left blotchy red markings all over the body’. They also left a vile smell. They
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