New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B09_F10_Soldier_trench
World War I soldier in a trench poses for the camera, c. 1917.
What were some of the difficulties experienced by the soldiers of World War I?
At the time this picture was taken, what do you think were the current battlefield conditions? Explain your answer.
How do you think this soldier felt about his life in the trenches? Explain your answer.
How do you think soldier’s felt when their commanders ordered them to enter No Man’s Land? Explain your answer.
In modern wars like Iraq and Afghanistan, what type of warfare is most often used? Explain with some level of detail how soldiers conduct the type of warfare you have identified in the previous question. How effective is this type of warfare? Do you think modern methods of war result in more or less casualties than trench warfare? Explain your answer.
English Language Arts: Imagine you are the soldier in the photograph. Write a letter home to your family describing life in the trench.
Art: Find a description of a World War I trench. Draw a picture of a trench system as it may have looked from the air.
Smith, J.S. Trench Warfare: a manual for officers and men. E.P. Dutton: New York, 1917.