The Life of a WWI Soldier
by Justin Chang, Neil Cornwell, and Faith Couch
A Rough Life
Soldiers in the trenches
An American child sailor
A child soldier
Ages of the Soldiers
"Every army in The Great War used kid Soldiers. At the start of the war the enthusiasm was go great that boys and sometimes even girls had a hard time being stopped from enlisting. In all countries, recruting officers turned the other cheek when children under the age of 18 showed up to join the armies. By the end of the way children were more than welcomed. The need of human bodies were astonishing. Even Kids who werent trained were sent to the trenches from Belgium, France, Russia and Turkey, where they made friends with soldiers and died with them as well." -Rob Ruggenberg
Sources: "Boy, 12, was 'youngest British soldier in First World War'" by Julie Henry, <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/6472805/Boy-12-was-youngest-British-soldier-in-First-World-War.html>. "Children of the Great War" by Rob Ruggenberg, <http://www.greatwar.nl/frames/default-children.html>.
Source: "Were soldiers ever well paid?" by BBC, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6040406.stm>
Life in the Trenches
Trench warfare was adopted from the civil war and carried through the first World War where it came to an end in 1918. During the war, trenches variad depending on the area that he trenches were dug. They ranges from hard rock, to soft and muddy soil.
Soldiers were usually only in the trenches for a period of four days and were then moved to a support line for four days and then had four days to rest. However, this would usually depend on the situation that the soldiers were in and they could be in the trenches for up to a week.
Source: "In the Trenches" by Chris Baker, <http://www.1914-1918.net/intrenches.htm>.
US Entering the War
Source: "U.S. Congress passes Selective Service Act" by History Channel, <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/us-congress-passes-selective-service-act>.