Officer (to a boy of 13 who has given his age as 16):"Do you know where boys go who tell lies?"
Applicant:"To the Front, Sir."
Positives and negatives of WW1
There were many pros and cons of WW1, some very fantastic decisions were made and also some very silly decisions as well. The pros of trench warfare are that the trenches were a fantastic form of defence against enemy aircraft and bombs as the soldiers could quickly retreat into a covered area or a bomb shelter. Another positive of being in trenches was the soldiers had the safety of a safe area where there was a huge amount of protection against enemy fire. Other pros of trench warfare included easy access to supplies and food, spare ammunition and guns and quarters were the soldiers could rest. The cons of trench warfare in WW1 were that very few people liked fighting in trenches because it took a few months, even a few years to gain a few feet of ground and it caused thousands of deaths for the soldiers. The trenches were very dirty as they were scattered with bodies of fallen soldiers, rats, used ammunition and rubbish. One of the main causes of death in the war was diseases from living in the trenches, diseases included trench foot; a disease obviously based around your feet where your feet would turn rotten from the wet and swell up making the foot numb. Some soldiers state sticking a bayonet through their foot and not being able to feel it. Another disadvantage of being in trenches was that I cold areas soldiers could easily get frost bite on their lose body parts like toes, feet, fingers, hands, noses and in some cases, ears. The rats would also bring a number of illnesses into the trenches also making the soldiers sick and cause death in some cases. When it rained the trenches would fill up with water and make slushy mud down on the floor of the trenches also causing sickness for the soldiers.