Hello recruit this is a Survival Guide for the great war you will need these five items to survive this war, good luck recruit.
First you will ALWAYS NEED A ENTRENCHING TOOL
Entrenching Tool by Andshel is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
Entrenching tools can save your life because you can dig until the enemy cant shoot you or you can get hit by shrapnel. Sometimes you will need to dig your own trench hastily before the enemy comes, also you may use this tool for hand to hand combat("10 Things").
Second most important thing is a steel helmet
British helmet by Tyler Velling under the public domain
Because of new technology the army had to get more protection for soldiers so they made the steel helmet. At first the British used cloth hat witch offered no protection on the head, then they moved on to the steel helmet witch is shown on top. This steel helmet protected mostly from gun fire and shrapnel. These helmets reduced the head injury by 75%("10 Things").
One of the best things to have is a gas mask
US WWI Gas mask by historicair is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Gas masks are useful so that you don't breath in deadly toxins from deadly chemicals. In 1915 the Germans used gas in this war they used the gasses the break the deadlock in the western front, as the gas warfare continued there came protection like the gas mask at the top. Side effects of breathing in the deadly gasses may be burning lungs, skin blisters and more terrible things("10 Things").
You will also need a Field Emergency Kit
WWI Medical Kit by Thomas Quine is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
These emergency kits can save your life or someone else's. Soldiers like you have to use these under extreme conditions for example when you run up the trench you will have to drag one of the injured and get them back to shape before they die. Some regiments will use these in the heat of battle but every soldier must have one of these("10 Things").
Finally you will need a Bayonet.
German WWI Bayonet by Naval History and Heritage Center is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
The Bayonet was showed in the great war in the end of the Seventeenth century by the French. The bayonet was originally a defensive attachment, soldiers would use them to defend against cavalry runs. Now in the war they are used for offense if the situation gets from ranged to close ranged combat("Bayonet:First")
These are the most items that you would want in the great war good luck soldier!
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