The gas was too strong to endure without a gas mask. The gas that was in the trenches had chlorine in it. (World War I in Color) There was even barbwire in the trenches that the soldiers had to avoid. (Remarque 113) That is how bad the trenches really were. They had to watch every step they took.
One of the major mental illnesses during the war was shellshock. Shellshock war the reaction of soldiers from the trauma of battle. After a long period of time in the war the soldiers would lose all self control because of the constant bombing, shooting and fighting (Wikipedia). Symptoms of shellshock were tiredness, irritability, giddiness, lack of concentration and headaches (Spartacusschoolnet). From 1914 to 1918 there were 80,000 men from the British army suffering from shell-shock (spartacusschoolnet).
Many soldiers developed trench foot, a frostbite like infection that led to extreme pain and caused the feet to swell and turn black. Trench foot also led to amputation in serious cases. Soldiers were in constant fear of their life as they were regularly killed by snipers/shells. Many wounded were left to die as rescue attempts were to dangerous. Due to the constant hardships of the trench life and the inability to defend themselves caused mental exhaustion.
These gases tortured its victims for anywhere from 48 hours to a full 5 weeks before killing them. The crazed victims that lived through these horrible infections would most likely end up in an insane asylum. To further disillusion the troops, the leadership of common soldiers was given to an officer about two miles away from the front line, resulting in extremely poor decisions; Even the commanding officers that were at the front line possessed very poor leadership, especially on the French side. For a good first hand example of the despair, we turn to the work of Wilfred Owen. In Owens’s poem Dulce Et Decorum Est the soldiers are pictured as "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags...".
5 The conditions of the battle of the Somme were not ideal. There was had been lots of rain prior and during the battle. The trenches were full of mud, rats and diseases. The mud made moving around in the trenches very hard which led to many cases of trench foot and also the mud made some on the Canadian’s guns not fire. There were many rats in the trenches because of the rotting bodies which led to disease spreading like lice.
Question 1: Which war would you least or most want to fight? * The Battle of Somme (1916) The Unbearable Battle Some battles are recognized for their victory and some for their defeat. Known for the death of nearly 57 000 British-Canadians troops, the battle of Somme is one of the least desirable battles to fight in during the start of the war as men were killed, injured and put in horrible conditions with little preparation for the bare minimum of success. The battle was positioned in the country of France, where thousands of British-Canadian men stood ready to fight against the troops of Germany. The futility of Somme was indeed unbearable.
It often came down to hand to hand contact and quick thinking. This war scared almost all the soldiers for life, the ones who lived through it all at least. The total number of US casualties in the Vietnam War was 58,220. The ones who did live didn’t get a welcome home either. When the Vietnam Veterans returned back home they were treated worse than some of the terrorists now a days.
This is why the British soldiers did not have beds, while the Germans did. Life in the trenches was plagued with death. Death was a constant companion to those serving in the trenches, even when no attack was launched or defended against. In heavily populated trenches the constant shellfire from the enemy brought random deaths, even if the victims were preparing to rush the enemy trench or scouring for cover. Also, rookies were warned on their first day to not look over the parapet of the trench into” No Man’s Land”, because many men died on their first in the trenches from a precisely aimed sniper’s bullet.
Source eight describes how exactly Peter went about building his new capital which was St Petersburg.The conditions of working were terrible.The brutally hard working conditions along with scurvy ,dysentry and malaria killed around 25000 people and so this was a big failure of Peter as this was all for his own selfish needs. To sum up i do not think that Peter deserves the title of Peter the Great because of all these failures listed above :He taxed heavily , was very violent ,has been described as barbaric,failed in many war like actions ,didn’t solely change Russia it was down to other people he just took glory ,he destroyed relationships between Church and state and lastly he killed many workers just to make a new capital
The Vietnamese suffered heavy losses during the conflict with the USA. The majority of the losses were civilians, primarily due to the ruthless and inhumane tactics of the American Army. The effects of chemical warfare were perhaps the most notable, Napalm and 'Agent Orange'. Agent Orange was wholly inhumane, there was even botanical research into its effect, showing it to be extremely dangerous. These findings were seemingly ignored.