WWI: Surviving The Trench's justin plummer

Steel Helmet

M1917Helmet by Joshua R. Murray Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The introduction of new weapons forced arms to produce new items for protection. Before the steel helmet army's used soft cloth helmets that offered no protection. The helmet reduced head injuries by 75% ("10 Things").

Gas Helmet

French Gas Mask by Janmad Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Chemical weapons were first used on a major scale by the Germans in 1915. Most masks had glass eye holes and a tube to breath through. As the chemical weapons developed so did the protection ("10 Things").

Mosquito Net

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Net was issued to troops to protect them from diseases like malaria. The danger was common in the area's they were fighting in. WWI was the first major war in which British deaths in battle outnumbered deaths caused by disease ("10 Things").

Entrenching Tool

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Trenches provided protection against lethal weaponry. Soldiers dug the trenches to protect themselves from bullets. The tool was also sometimes used in hand-to-hand combat ("10 Things").


Protective Clothing, British IWM Non Commercial Licence

The increased accuracy of rifles forced troops to become less visible. Troops clothing was made to blend into their environment. They were unlike the brightly colored uniforms of the nineteenth century ("10 Things").

Works Cited

"10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life In The Trenches." Imperial War Museum,www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 24 Mar.2017.

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