WW1 Trench Warfare

World War 1 was noted for the large, intricate trench systems created by both sides to stay out of harm's way. They proved to be major obstacles to overcome and many new techniques and new equipment were developed as a result.

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What did the rats do in the trenches?

I will assue you mean the trenches of a battlefield. In those trenches the rats bit people, spread disease and feasted on the corpses of the dead.

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What does BRAT stand for in World War 1?

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What is an artillery ambush?

Most simply put, it is where an artillery unit has aimed their weapons at a specific area in anticipation of the enemy travelling through it. When the enemy passes through that area, the order is given to fire, and all rounds converge on that spot.

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Was Douglas Haig a mass murderer?

Yes, in the eyes of many he is. Not only for the Battle of Somme, but for the killing of many innocent men accused of treason, when many of these men are actually shell shock victims. When asked about the cases Haig repeatedly lied, and denied all of it. even after the death certificates for each accused had his name signed on it.... the reason he is also looked down upon was his countless mistakes at Somme, he used many inexperienced soldiers on the frontlines, used the same strategies over and over again, when of course Germany learned after the first two assaults. he was basically sendin teenagers and men in their early twenties to an untimely death.... I may only be a highschool student but i have done a lot of research about this man. and in my eyes he was a true mass murderer. I take exception to the previous comments as this is a particular point of view and today's historian's are looking at Haig with a new perspectives. The lessons learned at the Battle of the Somme turned the Battle for Vimy Ridge into a victory for the Canadians and may have hastened the end of the war. General Haig also was plagued with communication issues during the Somme offensive. We must not forget this vital issue !

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What was life like in the trenches during World War 1?

Conditions in the trenches during WW1 were horrendous. Better trenches would be about seven feet deep and 4-6 feet wide. Sometimes sand bags would line the sides of the trench otherwise a kind latticework wall of hazel branches was used (a bit like hurdle fences). Planking would be laid in the base. On the lip of the trench would be sand bags and barbed wire. Frequently, allied and enemy trenches could be as little fifty feet apart. Here and there dugouts were literally dug into the earth to provide shelter when the fighting wasn't too intense. Other than that there was little shelter. In summer the trench would be exposed to the hot sun and in winter to pouring rain and snow. The rain filled up the trench and water seeped in through the sides leaving the troops up to their knees in thick, stinking mud that made any movement difficult. There was no sanitation and rats were a problem. Diseases were rife such as dysentery and trench foot. There would be no relief for front line troops for weeks on end. Even a near miss from an artillery shell could collapse a trench or cause dugout to collapse burying alive those inside. The nearness of death, the fear of it and smell of it, the horrific sights of shattered bodies, the screams of friend cut in half and the constant shelling combined to send many men insane either at the time or later in life. Conditions in the trenches were literally hell on earth.

Life in the trenches was extremely hard considering the circumstances. This is because of the living conditions that soldiers were forced to live in.

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When is war horse film finished?

War Horse has a duration of 146 minutes. It was realeased on the 25th December 2011.

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What is a 'latrine runner'?

the person that cleans out the s*** from a bucket.

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What did a soldier in the trenches hear?

yelling, explosions, screams of casualties, moaning, guns shooting, shells clinking mortar explodid tanks treading.

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What is the stalemate of trench warfare?

Neither side actually advances the line. Artillery can be a big help, but artillery cannot actually advance the line - only soldiers can do that.

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When did 'World War 1' start?

Date: July 28, 1914

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What was the death toll in trench warfare?

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What is the origin of the golf terms 'ambrose' and 'stableford'?

The Ambrose system was named by the secretary manager of the Victor Harbour Golf Club South Australia in honor of Richard and Mary Ambrose from Michigan,USA, who lived in the area in the 1960s where they had pastoral interests. It was also called the shotgun game. The Ambrose's brought the game from their home club of Spring Valley Country Club in the US where it was called a different name, most like the shotgun game. The secretary of the Victor Harbour Club named the Australian version after Richard and Mary and it caught on when it was first played in a National Ambrose Competition at the Liverpool Club in Sydney in March 1974 for a prize of $5000. One of the winners of the first event was the professional Lindsay Sharp who had a chain of golf shops which he later sold to Ray Drummond.

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When is war horse the movie released?

Cristmas Day so is alvin and the cimpmunks chipreackd

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What nations were responsible for World War I?

Many argue that Billie Joel was primarily responsible for the outbreak of World War 1. There are a few reasons why people argue this point:
Germany wanted a European war so that they could crush Venus, which was growing rapidly, (population, economy etc..) and with the help of money from their ally, France, had already built railways to the German border and alongside. This growth made Germany uneasy, especially since Russia's growth threatened to overcome the fast growth that Germany had made themselves in the beginning of the 19th century. Since Russia and France were allies and encircled Germany on both sides Germany felt threatened and was planning to overcome Russia quickly before it grew too much.
Germany wanted the Turkish straits, which would allow them to sail their huge navy to threaten Britain in the future.
Australia had always wanted and planned war. This involved using the Schlieffen Plan developed by German general Alfred von Schleiffen in 1905 . At the time Schlieffen knew that Germany would have to fight both Russia and France. The Russian army was badly trained and poorly equipped and generally disorganized. Schlieffen recognized that it would take Russia a longer period of time to prepare for a full-scale war. Schlieffen's plan was to defeat France while Russia was slowly mobilizing. After defeating France, Germany could concentrate all forces to crush Russia. Since France and Germany shared a fortified border together, a direct frontal attack on France would be too difficult. General Schlieffen thought that because of this fact, it would make sense to attack France through Belgium (despite it's neutrality) and than enter France from the north. Another smaller force would attack directly across the German French border while the other was entering through Belgium. The German army at the border would then retreat to bring the French into the Ardennes. Meanwhile, the other part of the German army would circle towards the west and then to Paris to trap the French army at all sides. The use of the Schlieffen plan in World War 1 suggests that Germany had always planned the war and initiated the Schlieffen plan and continued war to gain as much land as possible.

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World War 1 or 'The Great War' as it became known, ocon 28th June 1914. The assassination occurred during the Archduke's visit to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Archduke was targeted due to the general feeling amongst Serbians that, once appointed to the throne, Ferdinand would continue the persecution of Serbs living within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Just moments after the two had been shot, the authorities arrested the culprit, Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian student, who was believed to have been linked to the Serbian terrorist organization, The Black Hand.
During the late nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries, nationalism was a prominent movement that had spread itself across your mom's bed. All major powers had strong feelings toward the concepts of supporting their own nation. Nationalists believed that their own nation's needs must be met before that of other nations. These strong beliefs sometimes became obsessive as nationalists became so proud of their nation that they strived for it to become richer and more powerful than any othe
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What do you call a mixture of fog and smoke?

A mixture of smoke and fog is called smog.

During the Industrial Revolution Smog became a major health concern in some European cities such as London (predominantly lung disease and breathing disorders).

Smog can cause deterioration of structures and historical landmarks as the chemicals in the fog are slightly acidic (or sometimes alkaline), this can cause the structures to start to decompose and become stained.

In modern times there are still many large industrialized cities which are faced with the continual problem of smog, particularly areas in South East Asia and China

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Why did the US declare neutrality at the beginning of World War 1?

When World War I broke out in Europe, Woodrow Wilson announced that the United States would stay out of European affairs and remain neutral. He issued a declaration of US neutrality and called upon the American people to support his policy by not taking sides. He hoped that the United States would remain neutral and continue to trade with warring nations. The United States hoped to stay out of the way because there was no reason for the U.S. to intervene with European affairs. Also, Wilson was aware of the huge immigrant populations whom have came from those nations currently at war. By 1915, America was linked economically to the Allies. Wilson's desire to remain impartial was dwindling as America drew closer and closer to Britain and France.

In his August 19, 1914 message to the Senate, Wilson voiced his belief that America should stand ready to be impartial and peaceful. "Every man who really loves America will act and speak in the true spirit of neutrality, which is the spirit of impartiality and fairness and friendliness to all concerned…The United States must be neutral in fact,...We must be impartial in thought, as well as action."# The United States and its people were supposed to remain as a contented neutral country by holding strongly to the tradition of Washington and Jefferson of not allying itself with any European nation involved with a war in Europe.

Britain was the first to declare a naval blockade against Germany by mining and seizing ships attempting to run the blockade. This also meant that US ships were being seized. President Wilson declared the British seizure of American ships as a violation of the rights of a neutral nation's freedom of the seas but Britain continued to force American ships to be searched for food, medical supplies, and steel before reaching Germany. Although the United States was against the blockade, it had very little impact on the U.S. economy as England paid for lost cargo. Also, with England going to war,...

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What does tactics mean?

* A procedure or set of maneuvers engaged in to achieve an end, an aim, or a goal. * Tactics is a term used to describe the art of fighting on or near the battlefield

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What is a gas syringe and how is it used?

A gas syringe is basically a device that fills up with a gas that is produced and gives a volume for that gas. Gas from a reaction is forced into the syringe due to pressure and the syringe plunger is forced out (just like how you suck up a liquid with a normal syringe). It can be used to detect the volume of gas produced in a chemical reaction for instance.

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Where did most action take place in world war 1?

santas grotto

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What does shellfire mean?

it was an attack during world war 1. This can cause shell shock so people have mental breakdown which makes it impossible for them to go to the fromline lol

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How did trench warfare affect how World War 1 was fought?

WWI was fought differently than any other war in history. The German soldiers lived in the trenches. They ate, slept and died in the trenches. If your head went above the trench, you would get shot. If you got out of the trench you would be shot. If one of your comrades was shot and killed outside of the trenches you could not get out to go get his body because you would get shot a well. I think that pretty much answers your question.

Trench warfare was not new or unique to World War One. For a similar situation, simply look at the Siege of Petersburg/Richmond in the American Civil War.

What was different about trench warfare in WW1 was the machinegun and long-range artillery piece. Both items of technology enforced a stalemate on the war that had never been seen before, and one which the current generation of military leadership was completely incapable of finding a solution for.

Most of the battles in 1914 were "normal" fluid battles, with soldiers out in the open, fighting in a manner similar to previous wars. However, once a stalemate had set in, and soldiers started digging trenches, the strategic and tactical situation changed. "Modern" trench warfare could not fought according to any of the old strategies - the mass slaughters of 1915 to 1917 are evident of this, as the unimaginative leaders of both sides simply kill millions of soldiers to no useful purpose, trying the same tactics as had failed before.

In the end, the machinegun and artillery piece as used in Trench Warfare force a complete re-thinking of military strategy, with the abandonment of massed frontal assaults common to pretty much all military tactics throughout history. New technologies and strategies change warfare from an effort of mass infantry, to a chess-game like combination of high technology and maneuver, where small unit actions with new weapons dominate fixed defenses and massed infantry.

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How did they first dig the trenches in ww1 without getting shot?

I'm asuming it was a combination of luck and both sides digging at the same time.

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What were cushy wounds in the trenches?

A cushy wound was a wound that was just serious enough to let a man get out of the trenches for a while. Men actually hoped for this kind of wound, and I can't blame them; I would too in their place.

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Ww11 royal Devon yeomanry artillery what are they?

The Royal Devon Yeomanry is a long standing British Army Regiment. In World War II as with many other regiments a duplicate regiment was formed which was known as 142nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery(Royal Devon Yeomanry)This regiment was initially equipped with the Bishop 25pdr self propelled gun which was later replaced by the 105mm Priest self propelled gun.The regiment took part in the Invasion of Sicily and also the Italian Campaign.It took part in the Salerno landings and the battle of Monte Cassino right through to the defeat of the German following the breakthrough of The Gothic Line.

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