Trench Weather in WW1

Posted by on Sunday, June 26, 2016

As Newfoundland and Labrador prepare's to make the 100th anniversary of the battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 2016, we take a look at the deplorable weather conditions that soldiers in the trenches of World War One had to endure.

Typically rain, cold and heat were among the biggest conditions that made for some life-threatening conditions in the trenches.

Over the duration of the war, 10,000 kilometers of trenches were dug. Most of the fighting happened in the trenches. The trenches were small, to begin with they were basically 3 meters deep and about 2 meters wide.

The Winter of 1916-1917 was particularly harsh. Many soldiers suffered from the cold when their clothes and blankets froze. Many got frostbite and lost fingers.

Water accumulated quickly in the trenches. This caused infestations of rodents and insects.

The Team

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