WWI Trench Warfare Survival Guide Sarah Quigley

Steel Helmet

German body armor and shield from World War by Fanfardon is published under public domain.

During the war, the soldier's most vulnerable area was his head. To solve this issue, they created the steel helmet. The steel helmet increased protection from shrapnels and they helped stop objects falling on your head. With the steel helmet, it reduced injuries by 75% (Brosnan).

Mosquito Net

Russland, Ukraine, OFW Karl Schwappacher by Theodor Scheerer is published under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany.

Mosquito net was used to protect them from mosquitoes and other insects that could spread diseases like malaria. The mosquito net was created to help non-battle casualties since mosquito deaths were generally higher than on the Western Front. Mosquito net were first given to the British troops in order to stop deaths (Brosnan).

Pocket Surgical Kit

Pocket surgical instrument set, cased, Barcelona, Spain, 180 by a unknown source is published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

The pocket surgical kit was used to preform basic surgery. It was created so then soldiers/doctors could performed closer to the battlefield in emergency cases. Also, surgeons were forced to preform/ treat complex injuries caused by modern weaponry (Brosnan).


Im Westen, Scharfschütze by German Federal Archive is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.

Snipers is a type of gun that was used to quickly shoot at someone. Also, if someone was going to attack you, it can protect you. Lastly, if you ran into someone on the opposite side, in the no mans land, you could shoot at them with a sniper (Jones).

Socks and Gumboots

Knityourbita by American Lithographic Co. is published under the public domain in the United States.

When you live in trenches, cold and muddy conditions, you can develop frostbite. This frostbite was called trench foot during the war. In order to dodge this problem, they were always changing their socks and cover their feet with whale oil. They would also wear gumboots or waterproof footwear to not get trench foot (InspirEd).

Works Cited

Brosnan, Matt. "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 24 Mar. 2017.

InspirEd. Life in the Trenches. 2004.

Jones, Nigel. "Life and Death in First World War Trenches." The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 30 May 2014, www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/inside-first-world-war/part-ten/10862647/life-first-world-war-trenches.html. Accessed 24 Mar. 2017.

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