The conditions soldiers endured in the trenches were truly awful. Rats, lice, duckboards, incoming shells, raids, snipers, the fear of entombment, the smell of death from no mans land and the occasional seven day furlough.
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Jack Campbell talks about life in the trenches, the fear of going over the top, going hungry and the danger of rats.
Denis Kelly describes the conditions endured by troops at the front in return for seven shilliings a week.
Colonel E.H. de Stacpoole talks about how hard it was to keep the water out of the trenches in Flanders, which were prone to flooding.
During wartime, extreme measures were sometimes undertaken by light fingered troops who wanted to sample the local wines, as Major Walter Joyce of the Irish Guards tells Jim Fahy.
The local women were another attraction, though the unwary soldier could find himself in some trouble for straying out of bounds.