Life in the trenches of World War I!
Soldiers lived in narrow trenches dug into the ground. The conditions were horrible. Let’s have a look. Boredom was a constant problem. Soldiers carried out their chores and tried to catch sleep whenever they had the opportunity. Soldiers on the front line were far away from home and their families. They wrote diaries and letters to record their experiences. Trenches were smelly and full of water. Standing in the water too long often caused a disease called ‘trench foot.’ Rats, the size of cats, infested the trenches, feeding off dead bodies. As well as this, lice sat inside clothing, causing itching and trench fever. ‘Shell shock’ was a frequent trauma caused by the fighting and bombing of the front line. Symptoms included panic attacks and blank stares. Of course, the disease wasn’t the only danger. Soldiers were in constant fear of snipers and artillery. Popping your head above the trenches was incredibly dangerous, so periscopes could be used while on the watch. Going over the top to attack the enemy into no man’s land was the most dreaded order a soldier would hear.