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Descriptive paragraph on trenches

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World War 1 was like nothing that had ever happened in the world before. Although it was inevitable, the horrific loss of life was pointless. Almost no-one except the politicians ruling agreed with it, which has been proven by soldier's diaries, and most famously the football match between the British and the Germans on Christmas Day 1914. All-in-all, World War 1 resulted in a revolution in infantry tactics which fundamentally altered how wars were fought. The armies which clashed in August 1914 operated on essentially 19th century doctrines, large units of riflemen were screened by cavalry and supported by artillery. Commanders were expecting decisive engagements to settle the war rapidly. The British, French, Germans, and Russians that marched off in war on August 1914 all assumed that the War would be over in a few months if not weeks. No one anticipated a struggle that would endure over 4 years. Sweeping maneuvers exposed the cavalry and infantry to the killing power of modern weapons. Modern weapons, especially artillery and machine guns as well as accurate rapid-fire rifles proved devastating, especially when used against the tactics field commanders employed in the initial phases of the War. Field operations by 1916 had, after the loss of millions, been fundamentally changed. The professional armies of 1914 were devastated and were replaced by conscripted replacements. What began as a rapid war of movement soon settled down to static trench warfare and became a brutal war of attrition. Both the Germans and the French and British began digging trenches to stay alive. Eventually parallel trench systems stretched from the Swiss border to the English Channel. There were about 40,000 kilometers of trenches on the Western Front alone. And so Trench warfare became the biggest part of World War 1...

Conditions in the Trenches

The condition of the Trenches during World War 1 were terrible. The trenches were constantly filled with mud, water, blood, urine, shrapnel, and body parts. Because of these items constantly filling the trenches, the soldier's feet were exposed to these terrible conditions, and it eventually caused trench foot. Men would "live" in these trenches for months on end. Trench foot wasn't the only thing that came from living in the frontline, other conditions such as shell shock, lice, illness from poor hygiene and most commonly, death. Soldiers would never get a good night sleep because of the shelling, the smell and uncomfortable conditions. Despite these terrible conditions, most soldiers would try and keep the spirits up and be thankful for the protection it would give them.

Trench System

Communication trenches would be used to pass messages between the different trench zones. Barbed wire was placed at the front of the trench to make it hard for and approaching group of soldiers to make it into the trench. The frontline was where all the soldiers would fire across to the other trench or leave to go over the top. IN the support trench you would have found soldiers resting from life in the frontline or waiting to be sent up to the front. A machine-gun house would be placed behind the support trench to fire on the opposition. In the reserve trench were the supplies for the soldiers such as artillery, food, water, and other basic living needs. Soldiers would hide or sleep in the dugouts of the trenches. Long range artillery would be used to shell the opposing trench.

The `Blight'

A blight was a wound that was either self inflicted, or been deliberately acquired from enemy fire by raising an arm or leg over the top of the trench or cover or sand bags. They would be sent home to recover and get away from the war. Although that may sound perfectly reasonable, in those times it was a dishonorable thing to do, as it showed that you were either a coward or more importantly, were not willing to die for your country. The British were very patriotic and it wasn't approved of if a man...

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Creative Writing Task- WW1 Trench Letter - GCSE English.


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