Life in the Trenches (Food ( "We are fed on Bully Beef (ordinary Fray…
Life in the Trenches
"We are fed on Bully Beef (ordinary Fray Bentos, you know the brand) and lovely hard biscuits which I adore. Last night I added to my menu a bloater and some bread and marmalade, duff and coffee".
When Food wasn't available
When Food Was Given to the soldiers
"No Man’s Land is a tangled desert. Unless one could see it, one cannot imagine what a terrible state of disorder it is in."
Rats, Lice, Bad weather, Muddy, Flooded,land mines, barbed wire, sandbags, wooden beams, have to be ready at all times, and can be shot dead anytime
“Whilst asleep during the night, we were frequently awakened by rats running over us. When this happened too often for my liking, I would lie on my back and wait for a rat to linger on my legs; then violently heave my legs upwards, throwing the rat into the air. Occasionally, I would hear a grunt when the rat landed on a fellow victim.”
R L Venables
“If you have never had trench foot described to you, I will explain. Your feet swell to two to three times their normal size and go completely dead. You can stick a bayonet into them and not feel a thing. If you are lucky enough not to lose your feet and the swelling starts to go down, it is then that the most indescribable agony begins. I have heard men cry and scream with pain and many have had to have their feet and legs amputated. I was one of the lucky ones, but one more day in that trench and it may have been too late.”
Failure of Respiratory System
Loss of sight
Loss of Limbs
Internal and External Bleeding
Leg and Back Pains
"The machine gun is a much over rated weapon.."
Field Marshal Douglas Haig
Lee Einfield Rifle