Trench Waders

Trench Waders are the India rubber or "Gum" thigh boots supplied in the winter of 1914 for men while in the trenches.[1] India rubber, also known as natural rubber, of which consists polymers of the organic compound isoprene, was used in the manufacturing of Gum-boots (also known as "Wellington boots", or simply, "Wellies") in an attempt to counter the effects of Trench Feet, a common problem throughout the war.

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  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.290.

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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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