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World War 1 is perhaps best known for being a war fought in trenches Grolier 94 ditches dug out of the ground to give troops protection from enemy artillery and machine-gun fire In Erich Remarques novel All Quite on the Western Front that is exactly how he described trench warfare Remarque showed World War 1 as a war fought in trenches which he depicted well leaving out only a few minor details The trenches spread from the East to the West By the end of 1914 trenches stretched all along the 475 miles front Grolier 94 between the Swiss border and the Channel coast In some places enemy trenches were less than thirty yards apart Stewart 40Although trenches spread for many miles their appearance varied Upon looking more closely one could see that each armys trench line was actually a series of three trenches These three lines connected at various points by small twisted trenches Stewart 40 Trenches varied from eight to six feet in height Simkin In these waterlogged trenches there was a need for extra support so wood boards were placed on the side and on the floor for assistance and a safe area for walking SimkinIn spite of the fact that the trenches protected the soldiers they stood no chance against the diseases Body lice were among one of the diseases that traveled among the trenches the most Body lice caused frenzied scratching and led to trench fever Simkin Fifteen percent Simkin of sickness was from body lice Trench foot was another disease found in the trenches After hours Simkin of standing in waterlogged trenches the feet would begin to numb change color swell and soon result in amputation There was one way to cure trench foot without amputation and that was to dry ones feet and change socks regularly Simkin During the winter of 1914-15 over 20000 men in the British army were treated for trench foot Simkin Whale oil was
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