We all have read the history books about living in trenches and thinking, “My god that must suck so bad!…” well guys I can confirm that the trench life is hardcore.

It’s not often these days that our soldiers get to experience trench warfare, the battlefields of today are not conventional where one might see the use of a trench, it is all about counterinsurgency warfare. But there is a place on earth where the history books are coming to life and that place is Ukraine. World War One tactics being revitalized, with a mix of modern day equipment, makes for one of the most testing and interesting battlefields in the 21st century.

It is all about keeping morale up in the trenches and that is far easier said than done, believe it or not, they prefer winter months down here in the trenches to the spring months. At first, that’s not easy to see why. When I arrived here back-end of January the temperature was -20 with a windchill factor even lower. Covered in snow, it was hard to see how anyone could or want to fight in these extreme conditions. But in the trenches this makes for a cleaner life. The mud is frozen making it a little bit easier to walk around without having a ton of mud stuck to your boots and trailing that around your living area/bed space. The downside is you need to keep what heat you can muster up in the living area and god forbid your blanket covering the doorway fell down!