HOW TO GET THROUGH TRENCH WARFARE A Guide by Emily Kreider

entrenching tool

Entrenching Tool by Andshel is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

The idea of strategically hiding in the ground by digging narrow ditches was made possible with tools. One of these being a shovel-like tool called an entrenching tool. Soldiers used these to start a whole new generation of warfare. Entrenching tools have been used to dig thousands of miles to assist soldiers in the war, which is why they are essential for going to war ("10 Things").

steel helmet

Troops in Steel Helmets Moving Along a Communication Trench Fully Equipped for Their Various Duties by National Library of Scotland is licensed by Flickr's The Commons

In trench warfare one of the biggest advantages is being sheltered in the ground. This, of course, isn't 100% fool-proof. One disadvantage is having your head exposed. To fix this problem you could obtain a steel helmet. Steel helmets can protect the most important part of your body, your head ("10 Things").

Camouflage

Marine Raiders by Nara is licensed by the Public Domain

Trench warfare is one of the smartest tactics of any war. Another smart idea in a war is to blend in, or in other words be camouflaged. With new technology everyday guns are becoming more and more accurate. This means even if you think you're not too exposed you probably still are. Blending in to your surroundings and keeping a low profile can save your life when people are trying to shoot and kill you ("10 Things").

pocket surgical Kit

Pocket Surgical Instrument Set by Fae is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

A surgical kit that fits in your pocket could save your life and the lives of those around you. Everyone knows warfare is extremely dangerous so lots of people are going to inevitably get hurt. A kit that can help clean up a cut or attend to a would is going to be a must-have on the battle field. Ideally, a wounded soldier would be taken to a sanitary medical station but small injuries could be taken care of near the battlefield much easier ("10 Things").

Gas masks

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As time goes by technology progresses. This is true especially in trench warfare. In World War I new chemical bombs and poisons were used against the enemy. One of the functions of the mask is to produce a gas that counteracts one of the most dangerous and common poisons called phosgene. A gas mask could irritate your eyes or blister your skin but it's better than breathing in deadly chemicals ("10 Things").

Works Cited

“10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life in the Trenches.” Imperial War Museums, 24 Aug. 2014, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 23 Mar. 2017.

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