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World War 1 The Life in TrenchesWorld War 1 is perhaps best known for being a war fought in trenchesGrolier 94 ditches dug out of the ground to give troops protectionfrom enemy artillery and machine-gun fire In Erich Remarques novelAll Quite on the Western Front that is exactly how he described trenchwarfare Remarque showed World War 1 as a war fought in trencheswhich he depicted well leaving out only a few minor detailsThe trenches spread from the East to the West By the end of 1914trenches stretched all along the 475 miles front Grolier 94 betweenthe Swiss border and the Channel coast In some places enemy trencheswere less than thirty yards apart Stewart 40Although trenches spread for many miles their appearance variedUpon looking more closely one could see that each armys trench linewas actually a series of three trenches These three lines connectedat various points by small twisted trenches Stewart 40 These threelines were called front support and reserve trenches The frontline trenches usually measured six feet and had a zigzag pattern toprevent enemy fire from sweeping the entire length of the trenchBetween the two opposing front lines laid an area called No MansLand that measured from 7 yards to 250 yards in width This area waslittered with barbed wire tin scrapes and mines to reduce the chanceof enemy crossing The other two trenches support and reserve wereconstructed to easily move supplies and troops to the front trenchesTrenches varied from six to eight feet in height Simkin After wetrainy days trenches would get filled with water Soldiers called theseWaterlogged tr enches In these trenches there was a need forextra support wood boards and sandbags were placed on the side and onthe floor for extra support and a safe area for walking SimkinIn spite of the fact that the trenches protected the soldiers theystood no chance against the diseases Body lice were among one of thediseases that traveled among the trenches the most Body lice causedfrenzied
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