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1 Trench Warfare The Life of Soldiers in the Trenches during WWI

2 Trench Food A total of 3,240,948 tons of food was sent to the front lines. The bulk of their diet was bully beef (caned corned beef), bread and biscuits. By the winter of 1916 flour was in such short supply that bread was being made with dried ground turnips. Finally, the main food was pea- soup with a few lumps of horsemeat

3 Troubles in the Trenches Dysentery- is a disease involving the inflammation of the lining of the large intestines Dysentery- is a disease involving the inflammation of the lining of the large intestines This disease struck the men in the trenches as there was no proper sanitation This disease struck the men in the trenches as there was no proper sanitation Later, to purify water, chloride of lime was added to the water. This was not popular with the soldiers as they disliked the taste of the purified water. Later, to purify water, chloride of lime was added to the water. This was not popular with the soldiers as they disliked the taste of the purified water.

4 Trench Foot This was an infection of This was an infection of the feet caused by cold, wet and unsanitary conditions In the trenches men stood In the trenches men stood for hours on end in waterlogged trenches without being able to remove wet socks or boots British Soldiers had to change their socks at least twice a day to prevent this. British Soldiers had to change their socks at least twice a day to prevent this.

5 WARNING: REALLY GROSS PICTURE COMING

6 Weapons of Trench Warfare

7 Artillery A barrage is a term used to describe extensive artillery fire against enemy positions. A barrage is a term used to describe extensive artillery fire against enemy positions.artillery fireartillery fire Barrages were classified as light, moderate or heavy. Barrages were classified as light, moderate or heavy. A light barrage amounted to six or seven shells every ten minutes. A moderate barrage was thirty shells a minute and a heavy one, fifty to sixty shells a minute. A light barrage amounted to six or seven shells every ten minutes. A moderate barrage was thirty shells a minute and a heavy one, fifty to sixty shells a minute.

8 The Machine Gun The Machine Gun allowed for more efficient warfare. The gun would be used as a way of keeping the other army in their trench. It was also used in combination with barbed wire to funnel soldiers into an area so that large groups of them could be killed at once.

9 Barbed Wire Barbed wire was used to slow down advancing troops. The barbed wire was also used to force soldiers to charge through certain openings in the fence.

10 Mustard Gas Mustard Gas was first used by the German Army in September Mustard Gas was first used by the German Army in September 1917.German ArmyGerman Army was almost odorless and took twelve hours to take effect was almost odorless and took twelve hours to take effect The skin of victims of mustard gas blistered, the eyes became very sore and they began to vomit. Mustard gas caused internal and external bleeding and attacked the bronchial tubes, stripping off the mucous membrane The skin of victims of mustard gas blistered, the eyes became very sore and they began to vomit. Mustard gas caused internal and external bleeding and attacked the bronchial tubes, stripping off the mucous membrane


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