1. The western front saw the digging of almost 10,000 kilometres of trenches on both sides. 2. The accumulation of water in the bottom of the trenches caused many soldiers feet to start rotting, an infliction that got the name 'trench foot'. 3. On Christmas day 1916, soldiers from both sides came out of their trenches and played a game of football. 4. Over 200,000 men died in the trenches of WW1 5. The open space between two sets of opposing trenches became known as No Man’s Land because no soldier wanted to traverse the distance for fear of attack. 6. World War 1 trench warfare was so intense that 10% of all the soliders who fought were killed. 7. More than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WWI. 8. WWI is the sixth deadliest conflict in world history. 9. WWI was fought from 1914-1918 on every ocean and on almost every continent. Most of the fighting, however, took place in Europe. 10. WWI was fought from 1914-1918 on every ocean and on almost every continent. Most of the fighting, however, took place in Europe. 11. There were over 35 million civilian and soldier casualties in WWI. Over 15 million died and 20 million were wounded. 12. A common trick for sniping people was to send up a kite with writing on it. Anyone who raised his head to read it was shot. 13. Field Punishment Number One involved the offender being attached to a fixed object for up to two hours a day and for a period up to three months. During the First World War, these men were sometimes put in a place within range of enemy shell-fire. 14. Many men killed in the trenches were buried almost where they fell. 15. Self-inflicted harm was common in the trenches because the soldiers would get sent home. The most common method was to shot themselves in the foot.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.