The War During The Great War

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During the Great War, soldiers were plunged into a previously unexplored style of combat. Due to unwavering enemy and allied frontlines, soldiers dug into the landscape in order to better defend their positions. This is essentially how the four remaining years of the war were fought. Due to these stationary holdout positions and the use of new technology, such as long-range artillery, soldiers were subject to unceasing bombardment. As a result of these bombardments, military offensives, horrific scenes of death and other trench related experiences, soldiers and officers alike were psychologically traumatized. Soldiers who did not succumb to a mental breakdown had employed various coping mechanisms. This enabled them to effectively operate under extreme conditions for extended periods of time as well as to lessen the realities of war. These coping mechanisms include, but are not limited to, gallows humor, superstition, preoccupying activities such as drills and trench repair, and above all, adapting to trench warfare; learning new methods of both surviving and fighting in the trenches. Due to the Great War’s seemingly endless stalemate, troops experienced extended periods of downtime in between offensives, and could subsequently allow troops to dwell on their anxieties and traumas. To improve trench conditions and stave off the idleness of trench life, busy routines and drills were established. Although routines varied, they typically consisted of troops cleaning their
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