Health

The trenches of World War One were decidedly unhygienic. Pests roamed around the land, including giant rats that I’ll describe in the next section. Men could not wash themselves in the trenches: they had limited access to running water, and often did not have the time to think about hygiene. The toilets of the trenches were usually just large buckets in a side trench, but they were not always used. Using the toilet left you vulnerable to enemy attack, and some soldiers would opt to relieve themselves where they were. Understandably, dysentery was a common ailment in the trenches. Dead bodies littered the land, and continuous gunfire was heard all around. This gunfire was enough to drive anyone mad, and, indeed, many were driven mad during the Great War

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