WWI Trench Warfare Survival Guide Emily Pavusek-pd5

Steel Helmet

(Standard WWI Steel).

An important survival tool for WWI would be a steel helmet. "British steel helmet, shown here, was designed to offer increased protection from shrapnel and other projectiles falling from above" (10 things). This explains that a steel helmet would protect soldiers from dangerous objects from the battle field and that it was a key object for survival.

Gas Mask

(Gas Mask).

An important survival tool for WWI would be a gas mask. A gas mask was described as, "The 'tube' helmet pictured here has glass eyepieces and a rubber tube through which a soldier could breathe"(10 things). This shows that these masks were made to protect soldiers from harmful chemicals and that a gas mask was a key object for survival on the battlefield.

Entrenching Tool


An important survival tool for WWI is an 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 text explains that, an entrenching tool was very important so that soldiers could have some kind of protection (from digging trenches) and that it was a key tool for survival on the battlefield.

Camouflage Clothing

(WWI Camouflage).

An important survival tool for WWI is camouflage clothing."In addition, various items of clothing were specially designed to camouflage and protect a soldier on patrol..."(10 things). This shows us that camouflage clothing would help soldiers blend in with the ground and that it was a key part of survival on the battlefield.

WWI Pocket surgical kit

(WWI Pocket).

An important survival tool for WWI would be an WWI 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 shows us that a pocket surgical kit could save a soldiers life, in emergencies, and that it was an important key to survival on the battlefield.

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 24 Mar. 2017.

Standard WWI Steel Helmet. Collectors Weekly, Market Street Media, 2012, www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/61968-standard-british-ww1-steel-helmet. Accessed 24 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 27 Mar. 2017.

Vaughan, Matilda. Entrenching Tool. Museums Victoria Collections, Museums Victoria, collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1752905. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WWI Camouflage Clothing. Imperial War Museums, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30015970. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

WWI Pocket Medical Kit. Home Improvment Tools Shop, Home Improvement Tools Shop, 2017, www.toolsandmoreforhomerenovating.com/farmhouse-sink/field-medical-kit.html. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

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