- 3 pros:
- Fairly well covered from early WWI enemy fire
- The pattern makes it easy to determine where the enemy will go if they attack
- Not difficult to make- just need shovels and explosives
- 3 cons:
- Vulnerable to air strikes and bombings
- The diseases contracted from living in damp conditions killed many soldiers
- Soldiers who emerged from the trenches trying to gain land were easy targets
This map shows a general overview of army trenches and all of the different parts.
This diagram shows the individual parts of a soldier's steakout place in a trench.
Trench warfare had a significant impact on WWI. Trench warfare affected not only soldiers but also their families. Being stuck in close quarters took a toll on the soldiers' mental state. Menu soldiers were diagnosed with having PTSD due to the constant firing of machinery around them. Due to the conditions, many soldiers became ill and died. Diseases spread quickly due to the close quarters and even a small cold could cause a major problem. With the major loss of soldiers, their families were then left behind to grieve. Those who had men come home to them were usually suffering from PTSD.
European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion. -Virginia Postrel