WWI Trench Warfare Survival Guide By Carter Willard

Gas Mask

("WWI German")

The gas mask was very important in WWI. In an article it says "Gas masks used in World War One were made as a result of poison gas attacks that took the Allies in the trenches on the Western Front by surprise"("Gas Masks"). This was because of how if the enemy had gas bombs they could gas your trench therefore making you choke too death if you did not have this important and valuable item.

Entrenching Tool

("WWI Entrenching")

The Tool was used to dig trenches. In a article it explains "When not in use the tool breaks down into two components with the metal head stowed within the special canvas web carrying case, and the helve carried beside the bayonet, threaded through its webbing carrier"("Entrenching"). This shows that it can be used as a weapon and a good tool at the same time.


("Bayonets") Would not let me put a caption in.

The bayonet was very helpful when it came to up close battles. The evidence "A bayonet is a knife-, dagger-, sword-, or spike-shaped weapon designed to fit on, over or underneath the muzzle of a rifle barrel or similar weapon, effectively turning the gun into a spear"("WWI Weapons") shows that it was used as a spear. You could also unlatch the bayonet from the gun and turn it into a melee weapon.

Steel Helmet

("French Helmet")

The helmet was very important when it came to battles on the front because if you were shot in the head you would be dead instantly without this helmet. Some evidence to back this up is "From artillery to rifles and machine guns, weapons had now become capable of inflicting great destruction over previously unimaginable distances and the need to protect soldiers was even greater"("Head"). This evidence shows that the need for helmets were greater which than lead to scientists researching these helmets.

A Ton of Socks

("Canadians Socks")

Socks were one of the more valuable in any way because of how muddy and cold it was. Some evidence to support this is "Without the means to wash or dry clothing, new clean socks were greatly needed by soldiers in an effort to ward against trench foot which was rife in the cold, wet mud of the trenches"("Schools"). This evidence shows the things that could happen from not having socks so a fresh pair is always good for battle.

Works Cited

Apt, Benjamin. “Head First.” The Ultimate History Project, www.ultimatehistoryproject.com/world-war-i.html. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

“Entrenching Tool & Helve, 1908 Pattern: British Army.” Impearial War Museums, www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30013895. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

“Gas Masks in World War One.” The History Learning Site, Moocow, www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/the-western-front-in-world-war-one/gas-masks-in-world-war-one/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

“Schools – Socks for Soldiers in WWI.” Archives outside, Word Press, archivesoutside.records.nsw.gov.au/schools-socks-for-soldiers-in-wwi/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WW1 Bayonets Identification. War Relics Forum, www.warrelics.eu/forum/imperial-germany-austro-hungary/ww1-bayonet-133546/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WW1 French Helmet. War Relics Forum, www.warrelics.eu/forum/ww1-allies-great-britain-france-usa-etc-1914-1918/wwi-french-m15-helmet-86658/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WW1 German Gas Mask. Manitoba Museum, manitobamuseum.ca/main/world-war-one-how-did-it-all-start/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WWI Canadians Socks. German Militia, www.germanmilitaria.com/OtherNations/photos/C002676.html. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WWI Entrenching Tool. Feldgrau.nl, Word Press, www.feldgrau.nl/?product=dutch-wwi-entrenching-tool. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

“WWI Weapons- Bayonets.” Shocking WWI, Google Sites, sites.google.com/site/shockingwwi/wwi-weapons--bayonets. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

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