Trench Warfare In The Trenches

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World War I, also known as The Great War, was a military conflict that lasted from 1914 to 1918.It was a modern war for its time, with the introduction of airplanes, poison gas, machine guns and tanks. And a new tactic that was introduced to the western front was trench warfare. Even though trench warfare is known as the preferred way of combat during World War I, not much is known about the style of combat causing questions to arise. This report will answer questions concerning trench warfare like how did it come about, what happened to the soldiers fighting in the trenches, and the diseases that they experienced. Every good history student knows how the war began; but what caused trench warfare? Trench warfare was caused by the failure of the Schlieffen plan, which failed for many reasons. First the Belgians and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF),a group of almost 150,000 highly trained soldiers from Britain, put up a heavy resistance delaying the Germans. Then the Germans turned too early and instead of surrounding…show more content…
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. It has been estimated that more than one third of Allied casualties on the Western Front happened in the trenches. Aside from injuries, disease worked a heavy
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