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Life in a World War One trench would have been far more hellish than any other experience in previous times In those days little thought would have been given to the men fighting the battles instead it went into the battle plans In theory these battle plans would have been successful but with variables such as troop morale battlefield conditions weather and enemy advances in practice they had a high failure rate No commander or general could have accurately planned an attack without taking into account the battle conditions and allowing leeway for an enemy advance Unfortunately the men in commanding positions rarely if at all saw the actual conditions of fighting and this resulted in the loss of many lives An author by the name of Paul Fussell wrote a chapter in his book The Great War and Modern Memory entitled The Troglodyte World This refers to the real life experiences of soldiers living and fighting in the trenches and uses various primary sources to validate his findings Throughout the first few pages of The Troglodyte World Fussell is describing the trenches as the soldiers saw them during the 1914-1918 time period He through the tales of others sees the trenches as dark dank poorly builtmaintained holes in the ground in which soldiers were forced to fight in for days on end This is where he compares the soldiers to troglodytes - cave dwelling creatures These soldiers would endure days on end of almost dehumanizing war and when they were not fighting they would return to their caves thus becoming troglodytes The phrase troglodyte world simply refers to life as a whole for a soldier fighting mainly on the allied side German trenches were exceptions in the trenches on the Western Front Whilst describing the troglodytic nature of the allied troops Fussell also draws upon the fact that the German trenches were rather elaborate and efficient in comparison to the British trenches
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