Presentation on theme: "World War I The Trenches and Weapons Mrs. Cavell Honors US History."— Presentation transcript:
World War I The Trenches and Weapons Mrs. Cavell Honors US History
Trench Life Trench Life was marked by death and stalemate Defined as: Two opposing armies attacking one another from small fortifications dug with entrenching tools For more than three years hundreds of thousands of men died for mere yards of land
Problems of the Trenches RATS: Millions of rats infested the trenches. They would feats of the remains of the soldiers and gorge themselves until they were the size of a large cat. LICE: Body lice was absolutely impossible to get rid of. Filthy clothes and no way to wash them brought on bouts of Lice Fever which produced high fevers and horrific pain.
Problems continued: THE ELEMENTS: There was no protection from wind, rain, and snow. Trenches were filled with water causing TRENCH FOOT and TRENCH MOUTH. BOREDOM: It seems odd to say that you would be bored during war, but movement was restricted during the day for fear of a snipers bullet. Waiting became the daily routine.
No Man’s Land No man’s land was the area between the trenches It was a place of destruction that was littered with shell fragments, craters, dead bodies and barbed wire. All plant and animal life was completely destroyed.