Food in the Trenches Soldiers survived on small amounts of canned beef and old bread. Bread was weeks old. Meat was often spoiled. Soldiers often got sick from the food.
Dysentery Dysentery is a disease of the digestive system. Caused by the consumption of bacteria in food and water (Bacteria from fecal material) Remember there were no bathrooms! Disease causes intense stomach pains and diarrhea. Can be fatal if one becomes dehydrated.
Water in the Trenches Most of these trenches had standing water (some waist high). Soldiers would have to stand in this cold muddy water for days at a time. No showers, no change of cloths, no drying off. Muddy trenches would collapse. Standing in water for long periods of time caused “Trench Foot”