The Trench Times

Article by: Kier Cowand

Update on the War in Europe

Now that America is fighting for our allies in Europe, Britain now has the upper hand against Germany. Britain has also taught us a new system for defense in war known as Trench Warfare. Trenches are basically long lines of holes dug into the ground. They are around twelve feet deep, they aren't dug strait down though. Trenches go down into the ground in a zigzag-like way allowing for steps. This allows for the ability to duck down behind the trench walls, giving cover from enemy fire.

These trenches are very sufficient in provided protection from artillery and enemy fire. They are constantly evolving as well. The evolution of trenches is making it harder and harder for the enemy to break through.

Using this kind of defense puts us and the enemy at a stalemate, so our soldiers have a great amount of time off. For leisure our soldiers write letters to their loved ones, read their mail, lay cards, clean their equipment, write poetry, sing, and take a well deserved rest.

Our soldiers practically live in the trenches. An individual's time on the trenches ranged from one day to two weeks. Some soldiers might even think trench life is boring, because even when in the front line, the typical battalion would only be called upon to engage in fighting a handful of times a year.

A soldier's time on the trench was very short. Ranging from one day to two weeks is the typical time of our soldier's time on the trench. Even when in the front line, the typical battalion is only called upon to engage in fighting a handful of times. Some sectors of the front see little activity throughout the battles, making life in these trenches comparatively easy.

A soldier’s day is either incredibly busy or incredibly dull. On days they are busy men fought, scouted, switched lines, or were transferred to another battle site. On days that are the opposite soldier maintain the trenches, carry out message duty, clean their weapons with damp clothing, cook, rest, and sing.


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