Ww1 Trench War

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The trenches were a key defence strategy in the First World War. A key part of the First World War, they were the main part of the conflict. For four years the two rides faced each other and inflicted slaughter upon each other on an industrial scale. In the trenches the conditions were extreme, brutal, shocking and unhygienic. Due to the trenches a lot of illnesses were caused; men suffered many demoralizing illnesses such as; trench fever, trench foot, dysentery, diarrhoea, pneumonia and food poisoning, there was shell shock in which men lost their wits or their minds, or suffered from severe depression. The stench in the trenches was awful and came from the rotting carcasses of men and horses which lay around in their thousands. The smell…show more content…
This infection was caused by cold, wet and insanitary conditions. Men couldn’t change their socks which caused this gruesome problem; trench foot also caused a repulsive stench which spread throughout the trenches. This made life difficult for the soldiers as they had to cut their feet off which resulted in them no longer being able to contribute in the war; they had no choice other than to get sent home because in other terms they were just ‘useless’ or ‘pointless’, and they wouldn’t be able to take part in anything associated with the war, they may be classed as ‘disabled’ or ‘weak’. In source A1 it states that trench foot was a ‘strain of many problems’, this implies that life was extremely hard for soldiers as this wasn’t the only problem they faced. They faced many other problems and illnesses. Source A1 also backs this up as it says and lists some of the serious problems ‘trench foot’, ‘pneumonia’, ‘dysentery’. Source A1 is written by a historian writing for a website aimed at students studying for the World War, so this suggests the source is reliable, but maybe isn’t that useful as it could have included statistics like how many people suffered with the condition trench foot and how much people may have possibly died with any
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