Trench Warfare Essay

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Trench warfare Trench warfare is where rival armies dug themselves a trench, in order to protect themselves from gun fire from side. Life in the Trenches during World War 1 was terrible. Conditions were disgusting, the first thing a new recruit would notice was the smell, rotting bodies barely buried under the ground, men who hadn’t washed in weeks because there were no facilities for them to use. Although these smells were repulsive, new recruits soon got used to them and contributed to it with their own bodily odour. Disease and infection was very common in these conditions. One of the most common infections was trench foot. Many soldiers fighting in World War 1 suffered from trench foot. Trench foot is an infection of the feet caused by cold, wet and insanitary conditions. Men stood for hours on end in waterlogged trenches, unable to remove socks or boots. Soldiers feet would soon start to numb and the skin would turn red or blue. If untreated, the foot usually needed amputation, due to gangrene. A lot of disease in World War 1 was spread by rats. Another disease soldiers caught during World War 1 is dysentery. Dysentery is an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhoea, caused by poor water supply, water cleanliness and no proper toilets for the soldiers to use. Dirty drinking water caused a lot of problems during World War 1, mainly because it contains all sorts of illnesses and diseases, which once you have in your system, cause you to get ill. Cholera was cause by dirty water, causing sickness, diarrhoea and even death it if was left untreated for long enough. Trench mouth was also common during World War 1. This is where you get an infection of the mouth, caused by poor oral hygiene and lack of important vitamins, due to a poor diet, smoking, tooth or mouth infections and stress. Trench mouth leads to painful, reddened and swollen which
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