When the fleas bit the rats they would then go to a human and bite them giving them the horrible disease they so fretfully waited for. They would never know that the fleas were biting them, let alone carrying the terrible Black Death. After five years, twenty five million people were dead. The disease was killing most of the people that lived in England. The first signs of the Black Death were swelling of the lymph nodes, mostly in the armpit, legs, neck, and groin.
One account mentioned a dead human arm, which stuck out of the trench wall, and all the soldiers shook the hand as they walked by. Another disillusionment factor was that the soldiers had to share their living space with rats and lice. Rats were said to get as big as cats and lice were ludicrously out of hand. Most likely the worst part of the trenches was the occasional assault of various toxic gases. These gases tortured its victims for anywhere from 48 hours to a full 5 weeks before killing them.
Conditions of the Trenches The conditions of the trenches in WWI were unbearable. These conditions were unbearable because of the rats and the different gases that were released. Many soldiers died in the trenches due to the conditions, not just from fighting. There were rats down in the trenches. (Remarque 101) The rats ate all of the soldier’s food, and contaminated all of their belongings with droppings.
This causes an awful disease that spread all over Europe. Once the flea is infected with the rats blood, it affects the human population by attacking their bodies. The symptoms of this horrible plague are high fevers and vomiting of blood. A person’s lymph nodes start to swell up and turn black. The Black Death is called that because of the color of the swelling on the neck.
They got this by the way the soldiers stood up in mud and cold water which caused the feet to go numb and give them trench foot. The only way you could stop from getting this was to constantly change your socks but most soldiers ignored this as it was hard to take their shoes off in such agony. Another condition was the rats which were infested with diseases and sometimes could be deadly. The rats lived off dead bodies and sometimes bit sleeping soldiers giving them illnesses. One of the exciting aspects of WW1 was the use of different types of weapons, the main weapon that every soldier had, another weapon was the gases, poison gas which caused blindness and death by choking, mustard gas which killed you instantly if breathed, they stopped using mustard gas though as a lot of soldiers died from it as if they threw it and the wind went the opposite direction they mostly killed themselves!
The Americans felt that they had to show the Germans what was happening here all along. They forced the villagers from the city of Dachau to come and help with the disposal of the bodies, which were scattered by the thousands everywhere. (Amacher G.) The townspeople would never be able to unsee these images. The soldiers were also tasked with the unfortunate duty of disposing of the bodies. Troops said that the stench would have been unbearable if the weather hadn't been so abnormally cold.
There were many rats in the trenches because of the rotting bodies which led to disease spreading like lice. Bodies were everywhere, and the men just had to move on and continue fighting even if it was their own brother. 8 The results of the Battle of Somme was a draw between the two armies. The both side gained very little ground but lost a large amount of men. The casualties were over 650,000 German, 195,000 French 420,000
Many turned into desperation, while having no choice but to eat their own horses, cats, and dogs. The worst part was the eating of rats, poisonous snakes, and dead bodies. Their water crisis only made it worse. Salt water disease resulted in their organs being drained leaving their brains out of place and in paranoia. A slow painful death occurred there.
I am currently on the front line and the smell of rotting flesh is unbearable, there are corpses of our own men and also those of the enemy lying not 30 feet from our trench but it is far too dangerous to go and retrieve them. All the men in the trench, myself included, have not had a decent wash for weeks and the