A lot of men also died from grenades and shell fire. About 1/3 of the men that died in the trenches died from disease or other medical reasons. The biggest problem with the trenches was the weather conditions. Weather would make the trenches muddy, cold and depressing. Many soldiers died from the weather.
When soldiers arrived in battlefield hospitals with life-threatening wounds, they often lost either their limbs or their lives because doctors at that time did not have the experience or the knowledge to treat those types of injuries. World War I turned out to be an extremely bloody war that resulted in millions of casualties from fighting. However, it is important to understand that many of those who perished died not only from battle, but from the unsanitary living conditions that led to many deadly diseases and wound infections. The medical treatment of the day was inferior and did nothing to curtail the widespread deaths, either. World War I was a tragic event that introduced the world to many new diseases, injuries, and death tolls that would traumatize the world’s population for years to come.
Death was a constant companion to those serving in the line, even when no raid or attack was launched or defended against. Life in the trenches was brutal, terrifying and sordid. Soldiers suffered from a lack of food, diseases, awful weather conditions and the long periods of constant bombardment. Life in the trenches during the First World War took many forms, and varied widely from sector to sector and from front to front. Undoubtedly, it was entirely unexpected for those eager thousands who signed up for war in August 1914.
World War I also brought new technology that would assist the men involved in the battle. A variety of new weapons were introduced to the French and German armies during the Battle of Verdun. One of the newest weapons was Diphosgene gas. Diphosgene was used to harm a large amount of people at once. It is a poisonous gas first introduced in World War I because of the effects.
Memory of Battles The First World War was a common experience that many soldiers, of many nationalities, had to endure. Because the devastation and loss of life was so great, no nation's soldiers were spared from the horrible psychological effects of the First World War. Various books and memoirs were useful in understanding the circumstances of the War and the effects they had upon the soldiers that fought it. World War One was like no war that had ever been fought before. The advent of machine gun and heavy artillery gave armies the killing power that they had never even dreamed of.
The Hardships Facing Vietnam War Soldiers in Tim O'Brien’s Going after Cacciato and In the Lake of the Woods The Vietnam War was, mentally and physically, one of the most brutal the United States has ever participated in. Our soldiers had to undergo daily miseries and sufferings which wore on them in body and mind. Dysentery was a common cause of physical wasting. Other diseases combined with the continuous rain and mud caused flesh to rot and made daily life that much more insufferable. Long periods of boredom would be broken by unexpected guerilla attacks or booby traps.
Throughout this period the conditions the soldiers were subjected to were horrible, one of the worst being the trenches. Inside they were a scene of horror, infested with extremely large rats, dead bodies of fellow comrades, floods and machine gun bullets flying overhead. The 'Great War' of 1914 to 1918 was an extremely devastating event to any of the country that were involved. Taking over eight million lives with it, including 45,000 Australians at the Western Front alone. At this time the nation of Australia was just starting to evolve and create an identity for iteself, which caused q... ... middle of paper ... ...Western Front", (Visited 10/11/2013) The Long, Long Trail (2010) "In the trenches" (Visited 09/11/2013) World War 1 (2010) "The Western Front", (Visited 10/11/2013 Australian Government (13/11/2009) "Australians on the Western Front", (Visited 09/11/2013) Skwirk (2013) "The Western Front", (Visited 08/11/2013) The Western Front Association (2013) "Trench Diseases", (Visited 10/11/13)"
The Great War, fueled by the excessive pride of each country, devastated the world. Each side felt superior to the other and would not stop until it emerged as the victor. These countries altered the style of fighting from a primitive face-to-face combat to systematic style of battle through trenches. To adapt to this style, countries developed new weapons and tactics to prevail over their enemies. But, the war simply remained a draw.
The battle of Stalingrad was one of the most significant battles because it was the Nazis first loss. This battle was the changing factor of the war and significantly changed the tide of the war for the Nazis. The Nazis had complete control of world war 2 and were simply unbeatable until their battle at Stalingrad. After that loss nothing went well for the Nazis and a chain of losses were caused. The battle of Stalingrad was easily one of the biggest blood bath in history with 841,000 German casualties and around 1,130,000 Soviet casualties adding to a total of 1,971,000 casualties; This is far greater than any battle.
Negative effects on soldiers, suffering children and affected countries are part of the aftermath that makes war a horrible and unfair thing. All the soldiers involved actively in any war come home with negative effects. The mental health of these men is affected because of the strains, tensions and the "kill or be killed" mentality of the battlefield. Many of them have physical ailments as a result of the injuries received in battle or the exposure to biological weapons that tamper with the many systems of the body. The quality of their family life suffers because they have been scared mentally, emotionally and physically; therefore their behavior will not be the same and that affects family life significantly.