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Trench training

  • josiepegg by josiepegg

    the following BBC programme had an interesting item about troops being trained on Salisbury Plain for trench warfare. (It was about halfway through)



  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    Thanks for posting this! I can't access it because I'm in the US, but I hope others take a look at it.


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Nearly everything you need to know regarding trenches in ww1. Well worth a read.

    This is an interesting article with many photographs and images of the men in the trenches (look out for a photograph of the Indian Troops where they find the trench they are in the best protection from the snow and wind). They must have been extremely cold, along with many others in bad weather conditions including mud and flooding of trenches).

    Article covers: Western Front Trenches/Why Trenches/Constructing a Trench/ Types of Trenches including Fire Trenches – very good photo of a fire trench/Training Trenches/Letters to Mothers’ from Troops regarding their experiences in the trenches/ etc.

    Also a letter by J. B. Priestley, in the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, which he wrote to his father, 26th October, 1915. John Boynton "J. B." Priestley, OM, was an English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, and broadcaster.

    Link: https://www.shorehamfort.co.uk/about/the-great-war-training-trench/

    PS. I did see the TV programme regarding the Troops training in Trench Warfare mentioned by josiepegg which was very interesting.


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator in response to marie.eklidvirginmedia.com's comment.

    Looks like a comprehensive article, Marie. I've skimmed through it now, but I'll have to come back and go through it again completely.