Life In The Trenches | WW1 Facts
Front Line: Life in the Trenches of WWI
British systems evolved a front line of deep, lightly-manned trenches protected by belts of barbed wire and parapets of sandbags. A hundred yards behind this was a second line, the support trench, where men spent most time, the ofﬁcers in dugouts, their men in “funk-holes” cut into the sides of the trenches. Troops gathered in these trenches before attacks. Up to 300 yards further back lay a third line of defence, the reserve trench, supposed to be a last line of defence if the front and reserve trenches were overwhelmed by the enemy.
World War I: Life in the Trenches - Primary Facts
Thin alleys called communication trenches ran laterally through the three lines. The communication trenches were a constant hive of activity, with messages being run to and from the front lines, returning battalions being relieved or new ones going “up the line”, wounded evacuated, mail and newspapers delivered, and food and drink or fresh rolls of barbed wire being brought to the front.
Trench warfare featured prominently in World War I
The time between dawn and dusk was ﬁlled with a multiplicity of tasks to keep men awake. These could include repairing shell-damaged trenches or draining ﬂooded ones, emptying latrines, writing letters or cleaning kit. At night, duties included mending or laying barbed wire or making raids to take prisoners.
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During the offensives of Loos, the Somme and Arras, British soldiers abandoned the dubious safety of the trenches to advance across the ﬁre-swept no-man’s-land. At the third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) in 1917, they discovered not enemy trenches but – because artillery had destroyed drainage ditches and turned the boggy battleﬁeld into a quagmire of quicksand-like mud – a network of concrete pill-boxes and bunkers laced together with barbed wire. Men were dragged to slow deaths in the mire or hung, wounded and screaming, on the wire.
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Men, exasperated and afraid of these rats (which would even scamper across their faces in the dark), would attempt to rid the trenches of them by various methods: gunfire, with the , and even by clubbing them to death.