WWI Trench Warfare Survival Guide BY:KIERAN KENT

Steel Helmet

(Standard WWI Steel).

One of the most important survival tools for WWI was the steel helmet. In this picture it shows the "British steel helmet. The steel helmet was designed to protect from shrapnel and other designed to offer increased protection from shrapnel and other projectiles falling from above" (10 things). This shows how the steel helmet would protect soldiers from dangerous projectiles on the battle field and that it was object for survival.

WWI Pocket Surgical Kit

(WWI Pocket)

Another important survival tool for WWI, was the pocket surgical kit. "Surgery most often took place at Casualty Clearing Stations or in hospitals behind the lines, but basic surgery could be initially performed closer to the battlefield in emergency cases"(10 things). This explains how the pocket surgical kit could save a soldiers life in emergencies, without taking them to the hospital making it super important for survival.

Gas Mask

(Gas Mask)

One of the other important survival tool for WWI was the gas mask. The gas mask is descriptive as, "The 'tube' helmet pictured here has glass eyepieces and a rubber tube through which a soldier could breathe"(10 things). This explains the masks were made to protect soldiers from toxins like chemicals and that the gas mask, was one of the most important objects for survival on the in WWI.

Camouflage Clothing

(WWI Camouflage)

Probably one of the most important survival tools for the battle field is camouflage clothing. "In addition, various items of clothing were specially designed to camouflage and protect a soldier on patrol..."(10 things). This explains to everyone that camouflage clothing would help soldiers camouflage. The soldiers would blend with their surroundings, making this one of the most important tools during trench warfare.

Entrenching Tool


The last important survival tool for WWI that I have for you is the entrenching tool."These entrenching tools were usually used to dig basic, shallow trenches or holes for protection, but were also sometimes used as weapons in hand-to-hand combat"(10 Things). This shows an entrenching tool was significant to soldiers because they could protection (from digging trenches) and that it was probably one of the most significant tools for survival in trench warfare during WWI.

Works Cited

Gas Mask. Southern Greens, Mark Green, 1 May 2011, southerngreens.blogspot.com/2011/05/gas-mask.html. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

Mcdermott, Kerry. WWI Trench. Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers, 1 Nov. 2012, www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226235/Historian-Andrew-Robertshaw-builds-60ft-long-First-World-War-TRENCH-Surrey-garden-highlight-plight-frontline-Tommies.html. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

Standard WWI Steel Helmet. Collectors Weekly, Market Street Media, 2012, www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/61968-standard-british-ww1-steel-helmet. Accessed 29 Mar. 2017.

“10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life in the Trenches.” Imperial War Museums, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 29 Mar. 2017.

Vaughan, Matilda. Entrenching Tool. Museums Victoria Collections, Museums Victoria, collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1752905. Accessed 29 Mar. 2017.

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