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WORLD WAR ONE
Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria
Allies: United Kingdom, France, and the Russian Empire



The Great War - between 1914-1918, changed many aspects of British literature.
Many of the writers of the time felt the need to speak out against the flaws they saw…

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EVENTS


1914
On 20 October 1914 (the first battle of Ypres) Both Germans and British suffered many loses.
By the end of the year most of northern France and Belgium was occupied by the Germans.


1915 - Second battle of Ypres
The British suffered a shortage of shells and heavy…

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1917 The battle of Arras
In April in the battle of Arras the British gained four miles of territory,but didn't break
through German lines.




1917 Passchendael.

The final battle of Ypres lasted from July to November 1917. 30,000 men died and Haig
described it as 'A good days work.' This…

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THE ARMY


lewis gun
· LMG (large machine gun)
· USA developed
· no German equivalent
· useful in trench warfare



Weaponslee Enfield rifle
· basic but excellent weapon
· 15 rounds of 303. bullets a minute
· penetrate helmet at 400 yards,
· basic combat rifle.




Grenades and shells…

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fight other aircraft, they would often have what was called `dog fights' in the air (shooting at
each other). Airships were used for dropping bombs on towns and cities, such as London to
create terror, loss of morale and death.


Gas
Gas was used in trench warfare as it disabled…

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Army discipline
The use of the death penalty created a lot of controversy. Flogging was abolished. 346 men
were executed, 266 for desertion, 37 for murder.




Field punishment.
This involved being tied up for 2 hours to an object. The most common punishment was
confinement to barracks, loss of pay…

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A single rat couple could produce up to 900 offspring in a year, spreading infection
and contaminating food.



Frogs, Lice and Worse
Lice were a never-ending problem, breeding in the seams of filthy clothing and
causing men to itch unceasingly.
Lice caused Trench Fever, a particularly painful disease that began…

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Dusk: Stand To, Supply and Maintenance
With the onset of dusk the morning ritual of stand to was repeated, again to guard against
a surprise attack launched as light fell.




Patrolling No Man's Land
Patrols would often be sent out into No Mans Land. Some men would be tasked with…

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Voluntary or 'voluntary'
Men actually did volunteer for the army. But many were advised to 'volunteer' or told by
bosses they were expected to volunteer. Recruiters were often shady as they were paid for
each man that enlisted so would ignore certain details e.g. age


Derby scheme.
1914 there was…

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