How Do You Find Information About Soldiers In WW1?

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You can find ' military service records from World War I to the present from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). The NPRC houses many types of records, including Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF).

Where can I find WW1 service records?

First World War pension record cards for servicemen killed or injured. Search among the First World War pension record cards on (charges apply) – you can also search on (charges apply) but for images of the records you will need to go to

Can you find photos of WW1 soldiers?

In many cases, the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps files have photographs in them. Explore WWI Panoramic Photographs to see if your soldier turns up in a search, or search for the unit in which he served.

Are there any recordings of WW1?

The Sound Archive holds over 33,000 recordings relating to conflict since 1914.

What would you hear in ww1?

The Noise of the Trenches (Click on the WWI Video, Left, to hear the noises of the Western Front). There were also the flies, moaning of the wounded, and the stomach-turning stench of gas and decaying corpses. Many men said they did not so much hear the noise as feel it.

What did ww1 soldiers taste?

Each battalion was assigned two industrial-sized vats for food preparation. The problem was that every type of meal was readied within these containers, and so, over time, everything started to taste the same. As a result, pea-and-horse flavoured tea was something the soldiers had to get used to.

Did soldiers eat rats in WW1?

With no proper disposal system the rats would feast off food scraps. The rats grew bigger and bolder and would even steal food from a soldier's hand. But for some soldiers the rats became their friends.

What did soldiers eat for breakfast in the trenches in WW1?

Soldiers food in the trenches

How did soldiers avoid being gassed in ww1?

As a result, anti-gas measures became increasingly sophisticated. Primitive cotton face pads soaked in bicarbonate of soda were issued to troops in 1915, but by 1918 filter respirators using charcoal or chemicals to neutralise the gas were common.

Why did soldiers drink rum in ww1?

It served not only for Dutch courage – the term, of course, originally referred to gin – but to help traumatised men sleep, to warm them up in chilly winters, to give them the courage to go into battle and to calm them down after it. Effective officers used rum as a motivational tool, a reward and a cure.

Why did soldiers drink in ww1?

It was a necessity for the military high command to hand out alcohol rations at a large scale. Therefore alcoholic beverages were more than a Saturday night treat, it was meant to reduce all kinds of frontier battle fears from shell shock to serious wounds, to hypothermia and even to the deadly Spanish flu.

Did ww1 soldiers drink alcohol?

Cartoon about alcohol ban for soldiers at their first port of call. Most returning men were unable to enjoy an alcoholic drink when they set foot back in New Zealand. War regulations allowed the minister of defence to restrict the sale and supply of liquor when ships carrying troops docked.

What food did soldiers eat in ww1?

The bulk of their diet in the trenches was bully beef (caned corned beef), bread and biscuits. By the winter of 1916 flour was in such short supply that bread was being made with dried ground turnips. The main food was now a pea-soup with a few lumps of horsemeat.

What did they eat for breakfast in ww2?

Breakfasts will be porridge (made with 50/50 milk and water) with apple and pear compote. Lunches will be soup with homemade bread rolls. Snacks will be fruit, muffins, scones, vegetable sticks (carrot and celery) and homemade yoghurt.

Where did they sleep in the trenches WW1?

Getting to sleep When able to rest, soldiers in front line trenches would try and shelter from the elements in dugouts. These varied from deep underground shelters to small hollows in the side of trenches – as shown here.

Are the trenches from ww1 still there?

A few of these places are private or public sites with original or reconstructed trenches preserved as a museum or memorial. Nevertheless, there are still remains of trenches to be found in remote parts of the battlefields such as the woods of the Argonne, Verdun and the mountains of the Vosges.

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