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Posted by Bryan on 3/7/2012 to Military Sword History
Trench warfare emerged during the First World War when soldiers from both sides dug in battle lines were drawn and trenches dug for defense. This left soldiers much time in the trenches and much war debris to work into art. Whereas aluminum could be easily melted and worked into rings and other items,and bones from meals could be carved, but there was not much hammering and engraving down in the trenches, the noise brought unwelcome attention and shells.
During World War I and II much of the "trench art" was produced far from the front lines by prisoners of war and convalescing soldiers. Decorating gear like helmets, mess kits, and spent artillery shells were popular items to create. Trench Art continued after the war's end by locals ready to cash in on the tourist market near battlefields, and by commercial firms that found a steady market for war memorabilia.
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