What You Need to Survive in Trench Warfare BY: SARA HECKMAN

Two Women Looking Over, Simpleinsomnia, Creative Commons License

Helmet

(First)

The Steel Helmet in WWI was essential to survive because the head is the most important part of a person's body. If a solider is shot in the head, the chances of them being able to recover are slim to none. Although these helmets are not completely indestructible, as soon as soldiers started using them, head injuries were reduced by 75 percent ("10").

Gas Mask

(British)

Another item that was very important to survival in the trench warfare was the gas mask. This item was important because in the time of WWI, a new tactic was to use chemical weapons, such a poisonous gases ("10").

First Aid Kit

(First).

A first aid kit is another necessary item to survive in the trenches because it many situations, it can save your life. If you get any kind of wound, even small wounds, with the unsanitary conditions of the trenches, it can be deadly if it is not treated ("10"). In addition, you can also help others who have been wounded, so overall, the first aid kit is necessary to live in the trenches.

Gun

(Colt).

A Gun of some type is another essential item for life in trench warfare because of the fighting you will have to do against your enemy. If you do not have a gun with you, your enemy could get to you much faster, making you very vulnerable. If you live in a trench during world war I, a gun is something you must have to survive ("Trench").

Camouflage

(British)

Camouflage is another necessary item for survival in the trenches because you want to be able to blend in with the trench. If you can blend in with the trench, you are less vulnerable to the enemy ("10"). In addition, the suits themselves can protect you from the unsafe conditions of the trenches.

Works Cited

“10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life in the Trenches.” Imperial War Meusums, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 24 Mar. 2017.

“Trench Weapons.” Canadidan War Meusuem, Canadidan War Meuseum, www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/battles-and-fighting/weapons-on-land/trench-weapons/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

Works Cited

British Army Gas Helmet Known as the ‘PH Helmet’ or ‘tube Helmet’. Imperial War Musuems, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 24 Mar. 2017.

A British Army ‘Protective’ (Camouflage) Suit. Imperial War Muesuems, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

Colt .45 Calibre Automatic Pistol. War Meuseums, www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/objects-and-photos/weapons-and-ammunition/firearms/colt-45-calibre-automatic-pistol/?back=187. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

First Aid Haversack Carried by Royal Army Medical Corps Stretcher Bearers. Imperial War Muesuems, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

A First World War ‘Brodie’ Steel Helmet. Imperial War Muesums, IWM, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 24 Mar. 2017.

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