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From The Great War 1914-1918

Entrenching is the act of digging in to secure or consolidate a soldier's own position. Entrenching can involve digging a billet or other temporary shelter to entire trench systems, used extensively throughout the First and Second World Wars. The use of entrenching tools made the task considerably easier, something troops would have trained to do as part of their basic training. Entrenching also involved consolidating a captured position in much the same way as to protect oneself and your fellow comrades against all counter-attacks. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.77.

Glossary of words and phrases

The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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