In what year did World War I begin?
Trenches were long, narrow ditches dug into the ground during WWI to provide soldiers with protection from enemy fire. Trenches were extremely uncomfortable, often filled with mud and water, and were sometimes infested with rats and other pests. The use of trenches in WWI changed the way wars were fought, as the cost of human life was much higher than in previous conflicts.
Trenches of WWI
Trench Warfare: A type of combat in which opposing troops fight from trenches, which are long, narrow ditches dug into the ground for protection. No Man's Land: The area between the two opposing trenches, which was often filled with barbed wire, mines and other obstacles. Trench Foot: A medical condition caused by long periods of standing or walking in wet and unsanitary conditions in the trenches.
Work together in pairs: What were the long-term effects of trench warfare on the soldiers who served in World War I?
What was life like for soldiers in the trenches during World War I?
Work together in pairs: What technological advancements during WWI allowed for the construction and use of trenches?
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What was the main purpose of trenches during World War I?
- To protect soldiers from enemy fire
- To provide shelter for civilians
- To make it easier for soldiers to move around
How deep were the trenches?
- Between 15 and 20 feet
- Between 6 and 8 feet
- Between 10 and 12 feet
What type of weapons were commonly used in trench warfare?
What were some of the dangers faced by soldiers in the trenches?
- Sunburn, dehydration, heatstroke.
- Broken bones, animal attacks, frostbite.
- Trench foot, disease, exposure to gas attacks.
Which country built a network of tunnels beneath their trenches during WWI?
- Great Britain