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Gas masks were extremely useful in World War I because of the start of the use of poison gases like chlorine. Many gas masks that were made before the one above were usually easy to break and weak. To ensure safety, masks were dipped in anti-chemical gases such as sodium hyposulphite (Trueman).
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Weapons in trenches were also very useful. Things such as rifles, normally used by the British, were helpful when any enemy attempted to cross to other trenches. Also, rifles were much easier for people to carry and and easier way to eliminate enemy (Wikipedia Contributors).
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The steel helmet was also extremely helpful in trenches because of the advancements of artillery. World War I introduced the use of the steel helmet and would later continue to be used, even in camouflage. Steel helmets were usually used for air artillery protection and were a major improvement from leather and spiked helmets (Watanabe).
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The entrenching tool was definitely the most useful tool in the trenches. These were used for digging trenches and very important for life inside them. The trench tool could be used by anyone, and was used to dig with two hands. The handle was usually made of wood, and the head was metal (Wikipedia Contributors).
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One of the most valued items in the trenches were socks. Even though the purpose seems obvious, clean socks could also be used to filter water to drink if boiling wasn't a option. Also, when it rained on the field, the trenches would get extremely muddy and wet, therefore giving soldiers with dirty, wet socks "trench foot".
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