LIVING IN DITCHES One of the main horrors of World War I was the life of the soldiers the trenches were a nasty place to live with the constant threat of diseases and the walls caving in. Many men in the trenches describe it as “hell………icopter” and who could blame them for thinking that the conditions were horrible. There was constantly mud and rats and the itch of lice and fleas in the men’s clothing was almost as bad as the diseases. And two of the most know illnesses suffered by soldiers was trench foot (something like frost bite that rots the skin of your feet and legs) and shell shock which is a mental disease that many men never recovered from. Although trench life seemed bad some of the German trenches were luxurious with carpet and even electricity. Even in the horrible conditions some soldiers like how they built comradeship with the fellow soldiers considered the fact that they both felt miserable.
LAND SHIPS The land ships were just a fancy way to say tank and in World War I they were a huge game changer. The tank was initially designed by the British. the Tank was built to be used to cross over trenches and help advancing infantry. The tank was a huge step up because never has any one seen such a monstrous machine. Although the new weapon seemed like an indestructible machine during their first use a lot of broke down and were destroyed. Even the though the British had the original tanks the Germans still didn’t have them so late in the war the Germans had developed their own tanks. However, as usual they were developed too late to have any effect. The tanks were called land ships because of their immense size and the fact it drove. To top it all of the tank is called a tank because it was its code name because the phrase tank was used to confuse the Germans making them think it is not a big threat, but boy was it.
FLOATING DEATH During WWI new weapons were developed some more effective than other but they were all lethal and horrible ways to die. The use of gas during WWI was by the French who would use tear gas a gas used to cause irritation in the eyes. This may seem harmless, but the Germans were the first to use lethal gasses against the French. The Germans used chlorine gas. That’s right it’s the same stuff you put in your pool and it was used to kill people. There wasn’t just one type of gas though there were a much higher variety of gasses there is even a sneezing gas even gas that causes painful blistering all over your body while ripping away the lining of your lungs. Over though the years of the war the gas got more advanced, but along with the advancements in a weapon there was an advancement in protection by the 1916 both sides had adequate protection from the opposite sides gasses. However, gas was still used to unsettle defenders on the other during an attack.
The First Shots On June 28th, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were touring Sarajevo in an open car driving through the streets, were Siberian nationalists and a group called The Black Hand were planning to kill the heir to the Austrian thrown and his wife. One of the attackers threw a bomb at the car, the bomb bounced of the back of the car and rolled under the car behind them the two were speedily drove away un-harmed. However, the driver of the car then in the haste of leaving he took a wrong turn were Siberian nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot into the car hitting Ferdinand in the neck while hitting Sophie in the stomach. The Black Hand member was caught but the royal couple died. And, that’s when the two countries accused each other and fought what seemed like a small quarrel, but changed to a world war.