The Fighting Style Of Trench Warfare During World War I

Trench Warfare is a fighting tactic used during World War I on the Eastern and Western Front. Trenches are simply dug down, and each country would not let one another advanced. There was nothing great about trench life. World War I trenches had many problems including the overall hygiene, living conditions, and the constant enemy attacks. The Trenches were very dirty and smelly. It had many rodents, and animals that should not be in the trenches. Enemies would rush the trenches at any time of the day. The fighting style of trench warfare has been vowed never to be used again by all the countries and all the reasons make it easy to see why. First, how did they build over 25,000 miles of trenches (“The Great War”)? The British and French recruited …show more content…
Almost all the trenches had dirty pest like rats, lice, and frogs (“WWI Facts”). Rats ate the soldier’s food, and the rats in some cases actually ate the soldier when they were sleeping. There were millions of rats during World War One, and the rats could produce as many as 900 babies a year. Trench fever was a disease caused by lice. This disease made the soldiers itch like crazy and caused fevers, headaches, sore muscles, bones, and joints Many soldiers in the trenches suffered from trench foot. Trench foot is when the condition a person is living in is very muddy and globby. The soldiers could not leave the trenches so when it rained really bad all the soldiers would have to live in a pool of mud. Trench foot lead to getting the foot amputated (“KidsKonnect”). The typical day in a trench was very repetitious and boring. At five a.m. or a half an hour before daylight they would “Stand-to” which means to be on high alert for an enemy attack. At five-thirty a.m. the soldiers would go through the supplies, and they would sort out their rum rations. At six a.m. they would stand-to because it was a half away after daylight. Breakfast was around seven a.m., and the soldiers would eat bacon and tea. After eight a.m. they would clean up the trenches, clean their guns, and if the soldiers had enough time they would clean themselves. At noon the …show more content…
It enabled the soldiers to move from one trench to another without being gunned down by heavy machine guns. There were four types of trenches. The first type of trench was the front-line. The front-line trench was also known as the firing-and-attack trench. The front-line was located about 50 to 250 yards in front of the enemy front-line trench. A couple hundred yards back behind the front-line trench was the support trench. The support trench had soldiers and supplies, the they could go to the front-line with no time wasted. The reserve line was a couple hundred yards behind the support trench. The reserve trench was for emergencies only. Connecting all three of the trenches is the final trench which is the communication trench. The communication trench cuts through all three of the trenches. It allows the soldiers to move from one trench to another faster and easier (“The Great

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