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November 8, 2010
Enter No Man's Land
Death was a constant companion for those serving on the front lines during World War I. For soldiers on both sides of the conflict—hunkered down in trenches for days—life was far from comfortable. From the biting cold to the noise of artillery barrages, rat infestations to the infamous trench foot, insanitary living conditions and the daily risk of death were all too common. And while the art of trench building was simplistic in the first few months of the war, as it progressed complex, fortified dugouts with sandbags, wooden boards, and barbed wire were constructed, propelling the conflict into a war of attrition.

Now you can be transported back to World War I and see what life was like in the trenches at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Va. The museum's exhibit "World War I: The 'Doughboy' War" takes visitors through the trench experience, immersing them in a state-of-the-art, fully interactive bunker, trench, command headquarters, and medical triage. See authentic weapons and uniforms from the era as you retrace the unforgettable story of the doughboys.

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Today's Quiz:

What major change in German policy contributed to the U.S. entering the war?
1. An end to diplomatic relations with the U.S.
2. Economic sanctions against the U.S.
3. The occupation of Luxembourg
4. The declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare

Previous Question: What was the name of the failed April 1980 attempt to rescue the U.S. hostages in Iran?

Answer: Operation Eagle Claw


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