10 Crazy Facts about WWI Trench Warfare - History Key

10 Crazy Facts about WWI Trench Warfare

There have been many war techniques throughout the world which have been applied in many wars in the past and present. One of these famous techniques is the Trench Warfare. Trench Warfare was one of the most commonly used war tactics on the eastern and western front during WWI. 

These were the most important parts of the World War I. Therefore, there had been many types of research by historians and others to find out something in deep about these. Here are some amazing facts about the Trench War:

10. 2,490km of Trench Lines were dug

Trenches of the 11th Cheshire Regiment at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, on the Somme, July 1916
Trenches of the 11th Cheshire Regiment at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, on the Somme, July 1916 © John Warwick Brooke

During the First World War, these trenches were about 3 meters deep and 1 to 2 meters wide.

9. Living in a trench

Flooded Trench, WWI © Pinterest

Life in trenches was difficult because they were flooded. The soldiers in the trenches had to face various pests and diseases. Lice were also known to cause a disease called trench fever. These made the situations for the soldiers adverse to survive.

8. Amputation was common in trench

Seven British soldiers recovering from amputations
Seven British soldiers recovering from amputations © spartacus-educational.com

During rain and unfavorable weather, the trenches became muddy, boggy and flooded. This resulted in the amputated foot of soldiers which subsequently made survival difficult for them. Cold weather was even dangerous, and the soldiers were known to lose toes and fingers due to frostbite. Also, many soldiers died because of exposure to the cold.

7. Soldiers used to spend up to two weeks in the trenches

Men resting in sleeping shelters dug into the side of a trench, WWI
Men resting in sleeping shelters dug into the side of a trench, WWI © Pinterest

The soldiers had to spend one day to two weeks in the trenches at once. They also had some resting time during this process. Even if they were not fighting, the soldiers had to clean, arrange the weapons, etc.

6. Trenches were dug in a zigzag pattern

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These trenches were not less than a system built in with different levels along lines. These consisted of dug paths so that soldiers could move in these easily.

5. These trenches had a barbed wired fence and an embankment at the top

These areas were generally reinforced using sandbags and wooden beams. The bottom was covered with wooden duck boards. These were basically put to prevent the various diseases because of water and muddy trenches.

4. No Man’s Land

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This was the name given to the land between two enemy trench lines. This lad was the distance of about 50 to 250 yards. This was something of great importance.

3. The soldiers dig the trenches themselves, and there were three different styles of digging trenches

These three methods included entrenching i.e. digging the trenches straight into the ground. Another method was sapping which was far safer than entrenching through which the soldiers were open to enemy fires. The third method was tunneling which consisted of digging the tunnels under the ground.  This was considered to be the safest among all other methods of digging trenches.

2. It was difficult to sleep in the tunnels

The unusual surroundings and the various noises made it difficult for the soldiers to have a proper sleep.

1. There were many cease-fires in the trenches during the World War I

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These were many times made on some important dates and days. Therefore these are some interesting facts about the Trench Warfare used in the First World War. This was indeed an interesting tactic which became so famous.

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