Trench warfare (WW1)

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  • Trench warfare (WW1)
    • Ilness
      • Trench foot
        • Feet swell to twice or thrice their size
        • Feet go numb
        • Once the swelling begins to go down, they get very painful
        • Some have legs or feet amputated
      • Shell shock
        • Unable to control movements/jumpy
        • Not able to concentrate or sleep
        • Easily angered/ iritated
      • Trench fever
        • caused itching, fever, headaches, sore muscles, sore bones and sore joints
    • Punishments
      • Fleeing in the face of the enemy
        • Shot
        • If they had Shell shock and fled they were still shot as shell shock wasn't recognised
      • Field punishment number one
        • soldiers were tied to a gun wheel or a fence post etc.
        • With legs tied together and arms either outstretched or together
        • It was applied up to 3 out of 4 days and could last up to 21 days
    • Conditions
      • Cold
        • Men could lose fingers or toes from frostbite
      • Damp
        • Men could lose fingers or toes from frostbite
      • Muddy
      • Pests
        • Rats
          • ate soldiers' food or even the soldiers themselves whilst they slept
        • Lice
          • Could cause a disease called trench fever
    • Food
      • Rum
        • In winter soldiers got rum rations
        • 1 or 2 tbs per man
        • strong black spirit usually given at morning 'stand-to'
      • Tinned food
        • Heinz baked beans
    • Weapons
      • Tanks
        • A lot ofsoldiers had never seen tanks before
        • Big machine guns and just enough room inside for belts of ammunistion and the drivers
      • Flammenwerfer
        • Hose pipes leading to petrol-tanks strapped to soldiers' backs
        • Threw out flames 20-30 ft long, swellign at the end to a whirling oily rose, 6ft in diameter
      • Gas shels
        • The army distributed gas masks
        • Could make you sick or uncncious or even kill you


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