Life in the Trenches

Junha Lee 9F

What are Trenches?

Trenches are pits, which are long and narrow. Trench warfare is a type of land warfare using occupied fighting lines consisting largely of trenches, in which troops are significantly protected from the enemy's small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery.

Why Did the Soldiers Build Trenches?

So they weren't directly open to fire and they gradually dug them as they got closer to their enemy's. they used them for sleeping, hide away, and random grenade throwing. Also, soldiers dug trenches to be below ground level. If they were shot at, the trench provided cover to hide in. Larger trenched areas were constructed to impede the progress of advancing vehicles, like troop carriers, trucks and early tanks. They were also ideal places to hide in and wait for the opposing army to arrive, and then ambush them from a protected place, while the enemy had no cover to hide in.
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What Did the Soldiers Eat in the Trenches?

Soldiers ate what were called Bully Beef. Bully Beef are called corn beef nowadays. They ate bully beef because they couldn't get fresh beef all the way to the trenches because the conditions in the trenches were bad and unhygienic. They also ate a lot of canned food, which were easy to keep.

Facts About Trenches

-It is estimated that there were about 2,490km of trench lines dug during WWI.


-Life in the trenches was very difficult because they were dirty and flooded in bad weather.


-Many soldiers living in the trenches suffered from Trench Foot.


-Trenches weren’t dug in straight lines, but were instead dug in a zig-zag pattern.