World War 1 history

Warfare employed during WW1

During World War I trench warfare was a big part in the battle for land, life in the trenches was not very good especially if you were attacking the enemy who had already built theirs. Due to the lack of high powered firearms and technology that is seen in modern warfare today many battles were fought using trenches to defend areas of land as it was very hard to infiltrate them and get past a line of defence.

World War 1 trench warfare – life in the trenches and their use in the war

Trenches were a system that were devised in the 1800s and found their way into the First World War. Thousands of miles of these defence and attack systems were built all across Europe and the world.

This meant that long drawn bloody battles were fought out over many years and hundreds of thousands of lives were taken not only due to battle but also because some of the poor conditions that soldiers had to live in.

At the beginning of the First World War food was in good supply and soldiers were able to get the rationing that they needed to fight. As the war continued and battle got fiercer with many supply channels on all sides being deeply affected the diets of soldiers who fought in the trenches went to very low standards and levels of nourishment were almost below a basic human standard.

There have been many documentaries on World War 1 – life in the trenches that explained how tough the conditions really were for soldiers. A common injury incurred from spending long periods of time fighting in trenches was called “ trench foot” this is where soldiers would have to pull in trenches filled with water either through rain or fighting in marshland. If not treated these infections would carry on throughout the body resulting in having an amputation of the foot or even death.

Around 10% of all soldiers fighting in trenches were killed on average and in total over 50% were injured. The problem was the way that they were designed and the fact that some trenches were built so close to the enemy that deaths were a regular occurrence, in some places they were as close as 2 meters to 3 meters away from each other.

Overall it was a pretty grim experience for anyone who had to serve time in the trenches. Military commanders tried to make each soldier's time no more than 2 to 3 weeks so that they were not fatigued or plagued with disease.

There are many World War 1 – life in the trenches stories that show a lot of military commanders were not compassionate, but the soldiers actually in the trenches were. There were certain truces that allowed for the injured and the dead to be carried back after a fighting session. Also there is the famous story of the British and German soldiers who celebrated Christmas Day together in 1914. The battle in the trenches is part of world history as every country that was involved used this system of warfare at some point or another.