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humairahussain | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM via web

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what was life like for a 'tommy' and an officer during the Great War?

-conditions and hardships

-fighting(weaponry like mustard gas)

-infections of wounds(open wonds in a trench)

-mental condition called she-shocked

Consequences of not completing your duties

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thisuserhasmadeabadusername | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM (Answer #1)

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An officer's lifestyle was very different than a normal soldier's lifestyle.

- High Officers (Generals, Field Marshalls, Colonels, Admirals, Air Marshalls, Commodores) lived an extremely comfortable lifestyle normally, they often lived in manors or safe military base ports most of the time, strategizing and forming commands.  Their duties were policy formation, strategizing, and some enforcement.  Failure to do so would cause reprimandation to the individuals from top defence officials, and could result in a court martial.

- Medium Officers (Tank Commanders, Captains, Lietenants) usually lived with lower members of the military, but normally would have special officers' quarters and food, however they often, if not usually, would fight along the front lines, and were targeted by the enemy even more since they carried out the commands and would know some measures that they would be taking.  Failure to perform their duties could get them reprimanded by higher officers and result in a court martial.

-Low/Non-Commissioned/Warrant Officers (Seargeants, Warrant Officers, Corporals, Petty Officers) faced nearly identical conditions as normal soldiers.  They were slightly higher in rank, and that gave them command power. They might of got some better food or quarters, but not too much a difference when looking at the big picture.  They also fought on the front lines.  Failure to perform their duties could get them reprimanded by officers, and could result in a court martial.

-Normal British Soldiers - "Tommys" (Privates, lower Corporals) faced similar conditions as non-commissioned officers, except a little worse, and basically had no commanding power except over new recruits and cadettes.  They often faced bad food, poor living conditions, lack of sanitization, and fought on the front lines.  Failure to perform their duties could result in being reprimanded by a non-comm or an officer, and could lead to a court martial.

 

Hope that helped :).

 

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thisuserhasmadeabadusername | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM (Answer #2)

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Sorry I had some typos :P:

 

Sergeant* and Lieutenant*, 

 

and as for those pyschological conditions, they could apply to junior (medium) officers and lower.

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