What were the the conditions of trenches in Gallipoli during WW2?

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The trenches of Gallipoli were one of the worst (no the worst) places to be during WW2. Things like the food, water, disease, trauma and boredom were all key reasons why the Gallipoli trenches ranked up there with the worst.

The food they ate was mainly bully beef (commonly known as corned beef), biscuits, bread, jam, cheese, tea and sugar. There wasn't much more variety and because of this the lack of vitamins had a toll on the soldiers making them sick in many cases. Aside from lack of vitamins the monotonous nature of the food didn't give the soldiers much to look forward to.

Water was seldom fresh at Gallipoli mostly brought in kerosene tins and put in big tanks. This caused diseases like typhoid to be a commonality at the trenches. But more importantly the lack of water affected the troops at Gallipoli. There was insufficient amount given to the troops made dehydration a big effector of life in the trenches.

All of these lead to diseases, a bigger killer in some cases then gunfire. The living conditions were those of unimaginable horror for the rats ate your feet at night, the flies were the crunchy bits on the bread, the toilet was were ever you could find a space and the sound of the gunfire some nights was deafening to listen to but to sleep in must have been murder.

The trauma of living in these Gallipoli trenches would bring the strongest willed men to tears. You would live in fear of your life and as mateship was a big thing at Gallipoli you would hate to be walking along one day and have your friend fall to the ground next to you with a bullet hole in his head and then you...