During World War I, trench warfare was very common. It was a newer technique in battles as in wars prior to the Great World War, fighting was less invasive and men merely marched at each other from opposite ends of fields and fought until only one side remained standing or a white flag was hung high in surrender. In fact in older wars, the fighting was far less dangerous to the point where battles were often times viewed by locals who watched from side lines with really no threat of getting hurt. In World War I however, the fighting had upscaled to the most sadistic type the world had ever experienced. With the industrialist wave that had overcome us in the late 1800s into the early 1900s, many technological advancements made the war a lot harsher of a scenario. Mass weaponry was being created in factories all across Europe to use for the war, and so the "old wars," of much less casualties and danger were in the past, and the "new war," or first World War was at the present, with heavy war machinery and severe casualties.
Trenches were basically dug out pieces of land that soldiers fought from and sought refuge in upon returning attacks. They were not fun places to live and consisted of numbers of men packed tightly together in constant fear of their lives being taken from them before they could ever return home to their families, if they were lucky enough to reach that day!
Soldiers fought and Soldiers Died, some lived through World War One, others lived but were disabled for the rest of their lives, everyone who fought in the Trenches and lived had lost close friends or family members.
They all knew death and the smell that followed, that smell would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Life in the trenches was often said to be hell on earth and nobody could ever argue to the contrary.
Death, disease, Mutilated limbs, lice, rats maggots and insects were all around those poor fighting men, who lived minute by minute dodging shell fire and bullets.