WWI Trench Survival Guide Jiana Merkert


Ester Socks by Star Athena is licensed under Attribution 2.0

Socks are important to survive in a trench because it helps you avoid getting "Trench Foot." If you get it, you might have to get your foot amputated (InspirEd). It is caused by standing in wet mud for long periods of time (InspirEd). You can avoid getting it by you have to change your socks often (InspirEd). It important to have multiple pairs of socks because you need to change them a lot to avoid getting trench foot.

Medical Kit

First Aid by Riley is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You need a medical kit to survive life in the trenches. This is necessary because if someone was to get hurt, you could help them. Medical kits often include band-aids and items to stop bleeding. If someone got shot while in the trench, you would be able to help with a medical kit. The kit might also include medicine to help if someone was to get sick.


Sand Bags by Canislupus is licensed under CCO Public Domain

Sandbags are needed to survive in a trench. "Lines of Sandbags were placed along the front of each trench to absorb bullets and shrapnel" (InspirEd). This is needed to survive because the sandbags will absorb bullets and shrapnel that are trying to kill you.

Gas Mask

US WWI Gas mask by historicair is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

A gas mask will help you survive in the trenches. "Chemical weapons were first used on a major scale by the Germans in 1915" (Brosnan). "They were infused with chemicals to counter phosgene gas, one of the most dangerous poison gases" (Brosnan). This shows us that they can help you survive by canceling out deadly gases that could kill you.


Syringe and Vaccine by NIAID is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic

You will need to get shots and vaccines to survive in a trench. You need these because you are underground and you don't know what is underground with you. There could be bacteria and animals which could lead to diseases. Also many people could have carried diseases and bacteria with them prior to entering the trench.

Work Cited (Info/Images)

Brosnan, Matt. "Photo Story 10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life in theTrenches." Imperial War Museums, IMW, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

InspirEd. Life in the Trenches. 2004.

WWI Trenches. Daily Mail, 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 13 Aug. 2014.

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