Life in the Trenches
This HD programme is currently in production,
Estimated Completion Date Aug 2014.
|Running Time||90 minutes|
|Screen Ratio||16 x 9|
|Picture||Colour / Black & White|
|Year of Production||2014|
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2014 will be 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War. To mark that momentous anniversary, we are producing a film on Life in the Trenches.
Trench warfare was a result of the rapid transformation of tactics and weaponry in the early part of the 20th Century.
As a defensive strategy it was brilliant in it’s simple idea. Dig in so that the enemy can’t hit you with machine guns unless you pop up in the open.
Set up machine gun nests yourself , so that the enemy can’t send soldiers to get you without great loss of life. water
Create a ‘No Mans land, between yours and the enemy trenches. Fill that with dead horses, dead soldiers, mud and plenty of razor sharp barbed wire; and you have created a ‘hell on earth’. Then fill the air with mustard gas, an horrific killer, thats eats away at your lungs from the inside. Fill the trenches with rat infested water; and this pretty much was the reality of trench life.
Originally coined and planned a ‘A War of Movement’ and soon to be over, the reality was far from the truth. The trenches through France and parts of Germany in contrast exemplified the war by it’s ‘lack of movement’ . The stagnant front of the First World War moved very little throughout the course of the war.
On the Allies’ side trenches were made up of narrow runs packed with sandbags and lined with boards to keep them from caving in. There were several rows of trenches, the front line and various lines further back where living and command quarters were located. Men ate, slept, and burned time right at the front.
The German trenches were a little different, incidentally. They were more of a system of trenches and tunnels. Some tunnels were as deep as 50 feet underground and had electricity and running water. The supply lines were a little better so that as soon as men and materials were used up more could be delivered. This, of course, only perpetuated the horrific stalemate.
For those unfortunate enough to be occupying those trenches, life was Hell. Death was a constant bedfellow, many died on their first day as a result of a precisely aimed sniper’s bullet. Alongside death as a constant companion, the soldier had to share the trenches with rats, frogs and lice and the resulting ‘Trench Fever’.
“I saw some rats running from under the dead men’s greatcoats, enormous rats, fat with human flesh. My heart pounded as we edged towards one of the bodies. His helmet had rolled off. The man displayed a grimacing face, stripped of flesh; the skull bare, the eyes devoured and from the yawning mouth leapt a rat.”
The story is told from the memoirs and letters written home, by those unfortunate soldiers that lived and fought in the trenches.