Causes Of Diseases In Ww1

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WWI Diseases and sicknesses During World War I, Diseases, sicknesses, and infections were a constant thing that soldiers had to deal with. Such as Trench foot, Trench Fever, and the Spanish Influenza. Although there were many different ones that effected soldiers’ lives whether it was fatal or something they were used to. Life in the war and trenches was nothing like anyone could imagine. Living days or even weeks in a compact, wet, and crowded trench is one of the main reasons these diseases come across. All of these things had a strong affect on the soldiers that scarred them for life. Death was constant to those serving in the line, even when no raid or attack was launched or defended against. Constant shellfire directed by the enemy…show more content…
This was an infection of the feet caused by cold, wet and insanitary conditions. In the trenches men stood for hours on end in waterlogged trenches without being able to remove wet socks or boots. The feet would gradually go numb and the skin would turn red or blue. If untreated, trench foot could turn gangrenous and result in amputation. Trench foot was a particular problem in the early stages of the war. For example, during the winter of 1914-15 over 20,000 men in the British Army were treated for trench foot. Brigadier-General Frank Percy Crozier argued that: " The fight against the condition known as trench-feet had been incessant and an uphill game.” The only remedy for trench foot was for the soldiers to dry their feet and change their socks several times a day. By the end of 1915 British soldiers in the trenches had to have three pairs of socks with them and were under orders to change their socks at least twice a day. As well as drying their feet, soldiers were told to cover their feet with grease made from whale oil. It has been estimated that a battalion at the front would use ten gallons of whale oil every day.…show more content…
Some say that the soldiers' immune systems were weakened by malnourishment. The influenza pandemic circled the globe. Most All of these illnesses were the main cause of torture that the soldiers of World War I had to go through and were mainly caused by the life in the trenches. Trench foot and Trench fever were something more usual in the life of war. Unlike The Spanish influenza, which had more serious side effects. Although some more serious than others, they all had the same effect of the soldiers of World War I. Works Cited "The 1918 Influenza Pandemic." Virus. Web. 05 May 2011. <>. "First World - Feature Articles - Life in the Trenches." First World - A Multimedia History of World War One. Web. 05 May 2011. <>. "Information on Trench Fever-a Bacterial Infection." Free Articles Directory | Submit Articles - Web. 05 May 2011.

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