The impact trench warfare had on soldiers and their families
The impact of trench warfare on soldiers and their families was massive; it caused lots of deaths and injuries on the battlefields and also to the soldier's health. Trench warfare was used as a protection tactic to stop soldiers getting killed, it sure did that, but many soldiers died in the trenches as well because the trenches are as good as a death note. The trenches worked well by protecting soldiers from small artillery and enemy fire, but once a grenade or mustard gas landed in them the soldiers had nowhere to go. A trench was generally 10 feet deep and 6 feet wide so It was quite crowded and uncomfortable for the soldiers who were fighting as it would have been dirty with vermin poo, rubbish and also used ammunition, there was dead comrades and enemy soldiers scattered around the floor of the trench making it very smelly and unhealthy, and also rats and other pests crawling around the floor, eating away at the injured and rotting soldiers. The soldiers families would have also been impacted by trench warfare as it would have been very scary knowing that your dad, brother, son would have been lining themselves up for quite possible death and maybe never returning home, which happened to many. There was also a quite possible chance that if a family member did return from the war they would have gone mad and been mentally ill or shellshock as it was called back in the day. The main reason for shellshock occurring was because the soldiers saw their friends, and their family members die very harsh, gruesome deaths on the battlefield. Many soldiers attempted at committed suicide because of the shellshock and because their memory kept reminding them of the people they had killed.