Trench Warfare Survival Guide By Robert Owens

1. Gas Mask

"Soldiers drill in their gas masks during World War I" by State Library of Queensland. License, Unknown

Ever since the surprise gas attacks at the Western front, both sides have been using the gas mask. The Gas Mask is one of the most important things that you will use during your time in the trenches. The Gas Mask is also one of the first things that you learn how to use, at the training camps. In the case of Poison Gas being used in your facility, the Gas Mask will be the only way to survive the attack (Trueman).

2. Rifle

"British soldiers 'going over the top', or leaving their trenches in the Battle of the Somme" by Ivor Castle. Licensed under public domain.

Rifles come in all different shapes and sizes. Some may be bulky, while others are very slim. However, none of that matters, because your rifle will act as your best friend through your time in the trenches. Many rifles are able to have a bayonet attached to them, to provide a quick puncture, if you find yourself with a lack of ammo. Rifles will allow you to gun down anyone who pops their head over a trench, or anyone who tries to run right over the trench (Storz).

3. Bayonet

"Training Camp Activities. Bayonet fighting instruction by an English Sergeant Major, Camp Dick, Texas, ca. 1917" by American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs. License, Unknown

If you found yourself face-to-face with the enemy, and you've already emptied your clip, what would you do to prevent your death? The only way to survive, would be to use your bayonet! Your bayonet will allow you to rush into battle, and impale the enemy, before they even know what happened ("Weapons").

4. Steel Helmet

"Troops of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment showing off their new steel helmets, 1916" by the British Government. Licensed commons public domain.

The Steel Helmet provided to you is for protection from shrapnel. Shrapnel was one of the main causes of death in the trenches, and this helmet will lower the deaths caused by shrapnel. The helmets are produced in the thousands and then sent straight to the soldiers (Steel).

5. Entrenching tool

"First World War: digging out wounded from trenches," author unknown. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

The main reason of the entrenching tool is to dig trenches. However, some soldiers won't use the entrenching tool. Another use of the entrenching tool is that you can use a entrenching tool to dig a wounded comrade out of ruble. While in the trenches, different types of artillery could cause the trenches to fall onto the soldiers in the trenches. Having a entrenching on you, will allow you to dig out your comrades ("Intrenching").

Works Cited

  • C.N. Trueman "Gas masks in World War One"
  • "Intrenching Tool." Olive-Drab, Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.
  • "Steel Helmet." 1914-1918 Online, 1 Apr. 2016,
  • article/steel_helmet. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.
  • Storz, Dieter. "Rifles." 1914-1918 Online, Accessed 24 Mar. 2017.
  • "Weapons of World War I." Alpha History, 2014, Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.


Created with images by State Library of South Australia - "Men in the trenches"

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