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Even when in the front line, the typical battalion would only be called upon to engage in fighting a handful of times a year—making an attack, defending against an attack or participating in a raid.
The frequency of combat would increase for the units of the "elite" fighting divisions—on the Allied side; the British regular divisions, the Canadian Corpsthe French XX Corps and the Anzacs.
Some sectors of the front saw little activity throughout the war, making life in the trenches comparatively easy. Other sectors were in a perpetual state of violent activity. On the Western Front, Ypres was invariably hellish, especially for the British in the exposed, overlooked salient.
However, quiet sectors still amassed daily casualties through sniper fire, artillery, disease, and poison gas. In the first six months ofbefore the launch of the Somme Offensive, the British did not engage in any significant battles on their sector of the Western Front and yet sufferedcasualties.
Only 1 in 2 men would return alive and unwounded from the trenches. Two divisions would occupy adjacent sections of the front and the third would be in rest to the rear.
This breakdown of duty would continue down through the army structure, so that within each front-line division, typically comprising three infantry brigades regiments for the Germanstwo brigades would occupy the front and the third would be in reserve.
Within each front-line brigade, typically comprising four battalionstwo battalions would occupy the front with two in reserve. And so on for companies and platoons. The lower down the structure this division of duty proceeded, the more frequently the units would rotate from front-line duty to support or reserve.
A barber in a French trench During the day, snipers and artillery observers in balloons made movement perilous, so the trenches were mostly quiet. Consequently, trenches were busiest at night, when cover of darkness allowed the movement of troops and supplies, the maintenance and expansion of the barbed wire and trench system, and reconnaissance of the enemy's defences.
Sentries in listening posts out in no man's land would try to detect enemy patrols and working parties or indications that an attack was being prepared. Pioneered by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in February trench raids were carried out in order to capture prisoners and "booty"—letters and other documents to provide intelligence about the unit occupying the opposing trenches.
As the war progressed, raiding became part of the general British policy, the intention being to maintain the fighting spirit of the troops and to deny no man's land to the Germans.
As well, they were intended to compel the enemy to reinforce, which exposed his troops to artillery fire. Early in the war, surprise raids would be mounted, particularly by the Canadians, but increased vigilance made achieving surprise difficult as the war progressed.
Byraids were carefully planned exercises in combined arms and involved close co-operation of infantry and artillery. A raid would begin with an intense artillery bombardment designed to drive off or kill the front-trench garrison and cut the barbed wire. Then the bombardment would shift to form a "box barrage", or cordon, around a section of the front line to prevent a counter-attack intercepting the raid.
However, the bombardment also had the effect of notifying the enemy of the location of the planned attack, thus allowing reinforcements to be called in from wider sectors.
Death in the trenches Dying Soldier in a Trench by Willy Jaeckel Trench periscopes such as this one from were used to observe enemy movements without showing oneself and risking getting shot. For British and Dominion troops serving on the Western Front, the proportion of troops killed was Medical services were primitive and antibiotics had not yet been discovered.
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