Lice was a very common problem that would terrorize every soldier that would spend time in the trenches. Rats were described as being the size of cats that had invaded the trenches due to its wet and sloppy muddy conditions. Trench foot was the most dreaded
Death was a constant companion to those serving in the line, even when they weren't under attack, many would die of disease. They would have to face body lice, rodents, small amounts of food, and some hated the life in the trenches so much, they would cause self-inflicted wounds so that they could be sent home. Before that though, the first thing a new recruit would be overwhelmed with on the way to the front line would be the smell, the smell of rotting bodies in shallow graves, men who had not washed in weeks, the lasting odour of
The large number of head wounds caused by exploding shells and fragmentation forced the combatant nations to develop the modern steel helmet, led by the French, who introduced the Adrian helmet in 1915. It was quickly followed by the Brodie helmet, worn by British Imperial and U.S. troops, and in 1916 by the distinctive German Stahlhelm, a design, with improvements, still in use
As World War II began, however, Franklin Roosevelt and Congress revised the acts to allow arms trading with the Allies. Lend-Lease Act Germany quickly occupied most of Europe and threatened to invade Great Britain. As German bombers ravaged British cities, the United States decided to help Britain by passing the Lend-Lease Act. This law allowed the United States to lend arms to Britain and, later, to the Soviet Union. Attack on Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
“Infected rats must have left Kaffa (Caffa) on the Genoese ships. By the time the fleet reached Messina, all the crew were dead or dying; and the rats slipped unnoticed to the shore” (Altman 19). The Black Death had three known forms of the epidemic: bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic. The European population had not experienced disease before. They did not have the defenses in their immune system to resist a disease their body didn’t know of.The Black Death was best known as the bubonic plague, because the first known symptom of the victims who were infected with the epidemic complained of painful swelling of their groin and armpits.
Trench warfare has been used militarily since Roman times, although it came into widespread use in World War 1. The trenches were, of course, dirty. They could often become crowded, so any kind of wound sustained in the trenches was likely to become infected, whether it
World War I began because of many obstacles that America would have to sustain in order for the war to diminish. On May 7, 1915, the German army sank a ship called the Lusitania. At this time, 1,198 people lost their lives and included 128 American people. This ship was carrying war shipments from the United States to England. The passengers on the ship knew there may be a possible attack on the ship but Woodrow Wilson condemned this attack as illegal and inhuman.
America later entered the war on the side of the Allies in , despite their efforts to stay neutral. America entered WW1 for three reasons, German submarine warfare, the Zimmerman Telegram, and economic interests with Britain and France. America entered WW1 because of German Submarine warfare. U.S ships traveling to Britain were sunk and damaged while traveling to Germany because of German announced unrestricted warfare against all ships
I have now been in front line for just over a week. The smell out here in these trenches is so bad it has made our toughest men sick. The smell is so vile I can’t even describe it over a letter. To give you a an idea of what the men out here have to contend with, there is raw sewage from an open cesspit; body odour from men who haven’t washed in ages; dead bodies decaying in shallow graves, also they are out in the open in no man’s land. The smell of dead rotten bodies attracts rats.
The initial symptoms, of headache, weakness, and coughing with hemoptysis, are indistinguishable from other respiratory illnesses. Without diagnosis and treatment, the infection can be fatal in one to six days; mortality in untreated cases may be as high as 95 percent (Center for Disease Control). The earliest account describing a possible plague epidemic is found in I Samuel 5:6 of the Hebrew Bible. In this account, the Philistines of Ashdod were stricken with a plague for the crime of stealing the Ark of the Covenant from the Children of Israel. These events have been dated to approximately the second half