Throughout the war, soldiers would cycle through the three types of trenches — the front line, the trench closest to no man's land the support line, the trench behind the front line and the reserve trench where reserve troops waited to be called in as reinforcements after that, soldiers would get a period of rest that varied in. What was a typical day like in the trenches for soldiers on the front line explore an interactive trench and find out what life was like for soldiers on the front line 5am - 'stand-to' (short for 'stand-to-arms', meaning to be on high- alert for enemy attack) half an hour before daylight 530am - rum ration. An individual unit's time in the front-line trench was usually brief from as little as one day to as much as two weeks at a time before of the general british policy, the intention being to maintain the fighting spirit of the troops and to deny no man's land to the germans. They became deeper as both sides appreciated that the trench was becoming more a way of life front line trenches might only be 15 –20 yards away from the enemy, or as much as 3-400 yards behind as the war progressed as bureaucracy became more efficient, the soldier in the front line had everything he needed.
Trench warfare is a war tactic, or way of fighting that was commonly used on the eastern front and the western front in ww1 in trench it is estimated that there were about 2,490km of trench lines dug during world war 1 most trenches were soldiers were constantly tired and in danger of falling asleep this is why the. Eastern front german soldier newspapers did more often portray daily life, because this was one gigantic, relatively quiet sector indeed, one sketch position on the shchara, depicts a vast no man's land with waist-high trenches on the german side and no discernable enemy line in the distance. These days we talk a lot about work/life balance and how to get the most out of our leisure time most battalions had their soldiers in a rotation pattern where they spent time in the front line, then moved back to the support trenches, then to the reserve line and then had a short rest period behind the lines. The image of a soldier in a muddy trench is what many people visualise when they think of the first world war however, most soldiers would only spend an average of four days at a time in a front line trench their daily routine when in the front line varied according to where they were in active sectors, both sides would.
Imperial war museum image q667 new zealand troops of the 9th (wellington east coast rifles) regiment using a periscope rifle and a trench periscope in a front line trench near fleurbaix, june 1916 a well-constructed and dry trench in a quiet sector it is odd in that it seems to be very broad (the rear parados can not be. Indeed, the great war - a phrase coined even before it had begun - was expected to be a relatively short affair and, as with most wars, one of great movement so what was life actually like for the men serving tours of duty in the line, be they front line, support or reserve trenches belgian soldiers digging trenches. Units were rotated between the front line, reserve trenches and rest stations, although when manpower was low, men would likely have stationed at the front for longer stretches by looking at the information in archived diaries, researchers are hoping to answer questions about what life was like during the.
Kids learn about the trench warfare of world war i a way of fighting along the western front where long defensive trenches were dug for hundreds of miles as protection life in the trenches soldiers generally rotated through three stages of the front they would spend some time in the front line trenches, some time in the. After they first arrived in france, the australians, especially those who had served on gallipoli, found life on the western front to be quite comfortable but a very different experience awaited these soldiers in the trenches of the front lines, where they could only find protection from artillery bombardment, machine guns and. At the front the words 'at the front' are commonly understood to mean being on the fighting line and conjures up a sense of daily fighting and danger indeed a soldier's life on active duty was dangerous but the front was more than just a single trench soldiers generally spent four days in the front line, four in the support.
And because most of the british army were made of pals battalions which means that everyone in a battalion knew each other a death of a soldier was a death of a friend so relaxing in the reserve trench was an essential distraction from the deaths on the front line being in the trench was more than just fighting and facing. Life was hard as a soldier in world war i – more so if at the front line see how much you know in this trench life quiz from education quizzes trench life trench life looks at those at or near the front line when it began, the first world war was expected to be over in a few short months thousands of men volunteered.
The main trench lines were connected by communicating trenches, allowing for the movement of messages, supplies, and soldiers protected by fields of dense barbed wire, the fire line was located at varying distances from the germans' front line, usually between 50 and 300 yards the area between the. Soldiers would spend around a week in the front line trench then would spend a week in the rear trenches or a rest camp life at the front line was not pleasant soldiers were liable to be hit by enemy fire or sometimes by their own artillery the soldier in the picture is standing on a fire-step – built to enable men to see out of. While the drama of combat – going over the top, facing machine-gun fire and enduring terrifying artillery barrages – naturally dominates historical accounts of the western front, in reality, large-scale battles were rare most of a soldier's time in the trenches involved tedious scheduled rotations through various trench lines.
Drinking water was transported to front line trenches in petrol cans it was then purified with chemicals to help disguise the taste, most water was drunk in the form of tea, often carried cold in soldier's individual water bottles in extreme circumstances, soldiers might resort to boiling filthy water found in shell. For the soldiers of the first world war fighting was an exceptional circumstance, rather than the norm for many, life consisted of toiling to keep those at the front supplied but the frontline troops themselves were rotated to ensure that time spent facing the enemy was balanced by periods of rest and,. Every two weeks, usually at night, new units came up to the front lines through the communication trenches they relieved those who had served on the line the unit being relieved then had a week or two of rest in the rear usually, this “ rest” involved a lot of labor the troops welcomed rest periods, even though they were. British troops in world war ibritish troops in a trench on the western front during world war i encyclopædia britannica, inc the typical trench system in world war i consisted of a series of two, three, four, or more trench lines running parallel to each other and being at least 1 mile (16 km) in depth each trench was dug in a.