Daily Life for a WWI Soldier
The daily life for a man serving on the front line in WWI, and there are only 20 men still alive in the world today, wasn’t like it is now or even what it was for WWII “Death was a constant companion to those serving in the line, even when no raid or attack was launched or defended against. In busy sectors the constant shellfire directed by the enemy brought random death, whether their victims were lounging in a trench or lying in a dugout (many men were buried as a consequence of such large shell-bursts) (Life in the Trenches).” That is what a man fighting WWI had to look forward to. They could have had anything happen to them at any point in time they didn’t know if they were going to have another meal or even know what could happen in the next hour. Talk about living life on the edge full of suspense and mystery.
The morning started for men with their sargent waking them up an hour before dawn, They had to climb something called a fire step to guard against a dawn raid by the enemy. This morning routine was used by both sides. Even with the knowledge that each side had raids or attacks that were going to happen at dawn, most were carried out at this time. The men did this every day rain or shine. They had a hate for it, which is why they called it 'morning hate'. Both sides would sometimes take away tension of the early hours with machine gun fire, shelling and small arms fire. This would be sent into the mist of their front line. This would give them safety at dawn. (“World War 1 Day in the Trenches”, par.1 .)
After they had their morning hate, they would have breakfast. Breakfast was unofficially a Fig 1 World War 1 Source:Life in the trenches. Duffy Michael, Life in the trenches.2009.web.3 April.2013 Fig 1 World War 1 Source:Life in the trenches. Duffy Michael, Life in the trenches.2009.web.3 April.2013 time of truce between both sides. During the unofficial truce they would also collect the dead that were in the...
Cited: Duffy, Michael. “Life in the Trenches.”firstworldwar.com.2009.web.3 Apr.2013.
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