I saw a show recently that discovered old WWI DuckBoard in original trenches when they were trying to determine the old trench lines from some famous battles.
Evidently they used some rugged wood for those boards and they could reenact certain aspects of trench living from evidence left behind on the Duck Board.
Originally Posted by carlkeigley
DID YOU KNOW?
The word "duckboard" was created during the early 20th century to describe the boards or slats of wood laid down to provide safe footing for the soldiers of World War I across wet or muddy ground in trenches or camps. The original duckboards didn't always work as intended though. According to one soldier, duckboards came by their name because someone walking on wet duckboards was liable to slide off them much like water slides off a duck's back. Today's duckboards appear in all kinds of places -- from marshes to the floors of saunas. The word "duck" itself has been part of the English language since the days of Old English, when it had the form "dūce."
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