Trench Warfare


This photo shows Canadian troops dressing the wounded in trench warfare during the Battle of the Courcelette in WWI. This was a totally different type of war and fighting that than the world was used to. During trench warfare the two sides would dig trenches accross from their opposition with "no man's land" in the middle. Whichever side was on the attack would attempt to get through No Man's Land to infiltrate the other sides defenses and emerge victorious. Trench warfare was enough to completely break a man, these men would spend weeks, maybe even months in the trenches fighting like this every day. With thousands and thousands of casualties throughout the time they were there. In Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen he says "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks" this is referring to the way that the soldiers had to stand and crouch while in the trenches to not be shot by the opposition. Standing like this and always having to make sure that there is no one running at you from the other side is both mentally and physically exhausting. 

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  • William Ivor

Image Date: 

circa. 15 Sep 1916