Trench Warfare Research Paper

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Trench Warfare World War One was a horrific event, the number of known dead sits at about eight million people. The main method of combat during the first world war, also known as the Great World War, was trench warfare. Trenches were dug mainly to protect troops, but ended up being one of the major reasons so many men died. These men had to live through miserable times, daily life was filled with horror, and death. 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…show more content…
In some cases, soldiers would shoot themselves so that they would not have to be there anymore. Self-inflicted wounds (or SIW) were a capital offence and if were to be detected, would be found guilty, and would face execution. A large scale of 3,894 men were pronounced guilty of SIW, but none of them were executed, instead were to serve periods of time in prison. Other troops committed suicide instead of carrying on in the trenches. They would usually hold their own guns to their heads and simply pull the trigger. In some other cases, men would stand in open range and allow themselves be shot by their enemy. As proven in the above paragraphs, life in the trenches in World War One was terrible. Soldiers' day-to-day lives were full of lice, rodents, disease and death. Many men were killed, even more injured, and tons left
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