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Life in the trenches Disease
Trenchfoot Infection caused by cold, wet insanitary conditions. Feet would go numb and turn red or blue 20,000 British soldiers treated in
Trench Mouth Caused by poor oral hygiene, stress, poor diet and lack of sleep More common among smokers Symptoms include foul breath & bleeding gums. Swallowing painful & fever develops
Trench Fever Symptoms included headaches, skin rashes & inflamed eyes. Mild form of typhus. People often recovered after 5 or 6 days but long hospitalisations were common.
What caused Trench Fever?
Estimated that 97% of soldiers on the front-line were infected with body lice. Thought that more serious forms of trench fever (i.e. Typhus) killed 10 – 40% of those affected Killed many nurses
Delousing stations set up
Haircuts also given
Cholera Caused by drinking unclean water Diarrheal disease Can lose up to 20L of fluid in faeces
Washing in the Trenches
Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918 Spread rapidly in cramped trenches – major cause of death Combated by wearing masks
Gangrene Minor injuries could get infected. Americans report that 44% of gangrene victims died
In addition, weapons were developed which were designed to cause illness on victims.
Mustard Gas Eyes become sore and victims vomit Caused internal & external bleeding and stripped the lining from the throat Skin would blister several hours after exposure.
Soldiers suffering after a gas attack
Phosgene Gas Chlorine gas was also used.
How were gas attacks combated?
So how could you develop these ideas? Over the next 3 weeks, we will produce an investigation which will look at ideas such as these in much greater detail
How will we do this? Your investigation will have at least 4 chapters: 1.Conditions in the trenches 2.Daily life 3.Disease in the trenches 4.Technology & WW1 There can be MORE if you can think of suitable chapter headings
For each heading you will be expected to research THOROUGHLY 1.Think about the questions you want to answer: e.g. Life in the trenches: What were sleeping conditions like? What was food like? How many men would live together? What was the daily routine? What were men scared of? Did they miss anything from back home?
How will we find the answers to these questions? Books Videos On-line: –Using internet sites –Finding pictures –Using comments, letters etc from soldiers –ANY OTHER RESOURCE which you think useful. E.g. War poetry
How will you present your findings? The most popular way will probably be in the form of a report. However, if you want to try something else this may be possible: E.g. Powerpoint. Be prepared to present your findings to the class.
Possible Questions: What was daily life like for the soldiers? What was their daily routine? How did soldiers feel in the trenches? What was the food like? How did they keep in touch with their family? What were living conditions like? How much sleep did the soldiers get? What was the general health of the soldiers like? What kind of problems did the soldiers face? These are some ideas but THERE ARE MANY, MANY MORE