A few facts on the trenches during world war 1.

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Hundreds of people died every day in awful conditions they might have been there
for days or weeks on end depending on the situation of the war. Many died of
disease others from war attack eg, gas bombs, exploding shells ect.
Trenches were small places for a person to hide from there attackers to feel safer,
although these were safer lots of innocent men died in them.
The living conditions in the trenches were extremely harsh. Life in the trenches during
the First World War took many forms, and varied widely from sector to sector and
from front to front.
Often in the trenches the soldiers got trench foot. Trench foot was an infection of
the feet caused by the wet, cold and dirty conditions of the trenches. If the men did
not take their socks and boots off then this infection would continue making the
skin turn red or blue. The treatment for this was for the men to dry their feet and
change their socks several times a day but this was sometimes not possible when
under attack and resources were low.
When the soldiers were off duty they wrote letters to their family these letters
informed their families of what was happening
Trenches were often improved shell holes which were joined by man-made ditches.
At some points, less than 100 yards separate the German and British front line
trenches. The trenches on both sides were protected by lines of barbed wire
This area between the two front lines is called "No Man's Land", a very dangerous
With the heavy rain and snow, trenches become filled with mud and water, often
causing sickness and disease. In these conditions, bath mats or duckboards were
used. A lot of the time the water was up to the soldiers knees.
Anyone who tried to make a move from under the protection of the trenches was
immediately fired at by the enemy this forced the troops to only come out at night
for extra protection.
During the day, soldiers slept or rest in small holes dug into the side of the trenches.
Activity above ground was very limited during daylight, as it was unsafe.
The trenches were constantly being damaged and collapsing so regular maintenance
was required.
It was during the night that ammunition, rations and supplies can be moved safely.
This happens in the maze of trenches to and from the front lines.
Overall life in the trenches was not to be taken lightly even though many of those
who weren't risking their lives made it seem like a walk in the park through
advertising. Those who died their suffered through disease, rats, hunger, war attack
and those who lived were either extremely lucky or had the mental and physical
endurance to come out alive.

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