Trench Waders are the India rubber or "Gum" thigh boots supplied in the winter of 1914 for men while in the trenches. 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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- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.290.
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