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Diary extracts from a soldier in the trenches - WWI

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Dear Diary, 1916, September 18th. I was looking forward to going in to war; it sounded adventurous! It started out to be great, early yesterday morning crowds applauded us and the bands playing. We arrived at the trenches later that day, our bags big and bulky and our backs already starting to ache. It was dirty and looked a mess. The trenches were smelly and very muddy! We had a couple of hours to practise and work on our techniques. We had only been practising for about an hour and already it was becoming hard work. We were walking through trenches all day and night, trampling through knee-high mud in the hot and humid weather. Although it was fascinating being there, I had begun to realise what being in war was actually like! Over the past few hours the sun soon started to turn to rain and thick, heavy clouds displaced bright, white ones. The weather kept on changing as we were walking and my clothes were drenched. We finally stayed in one place of the trenches. ...read more.


Anyway, I'm looking forward to my letters from home and little presents from yound children. I got a letter off a young girl the other day called mary she wished me the best of luck and sent me one of her teddys. She sed " Dear Soldier, Please be careful and I wish you the best of luck. I have chosen a gift for you and hope you like it. Lots of love and luck. Mary xx I also enjoy having a laugh with the other soldiers although it doesn't seem like a laughing situation it was the only thing that kept us going really! Despite all that was going on we still had conversations with the Germans, afterall this isn't out argument, it's out leaders. We even sometimes play a game of football with them. Anyway, I'm going now I'll write soon! Bye x Dear Diary, November, 20th 1918. Finally after fours years of upset and depression, we have won the war! The Americans helped us towards the end with there 50,000 troops arriving every week. ...read more.


We had to stand in our trenches until we were told to attack. When we were told to attack we looked through parapets to make sure everything was ok then we got out of our trenches and made a run for the barbed wire, we couldn't do anything really to get over this barbed wire it was so difficult and sharp! After tackling the barbed wire we reached no-mans land! From behind bombs were being thrown to the Germans and in front was smoke and gas. I was inhaling the gas so needed my gas mask I put it on and then tried to escape through no-mans land! Im so glad that I haven't got shell shock because I couldn't cope. Shell shock is a mental disease and is very serious it makes you dribble, shake and sometimes you cannot talk. There were so many people that died in this battle and lots more injured! Some enemys and some my friends or colleagues! Im so happy that im still alive, I did'nt think that I'd survive. Im going to go now and hope that this isn't my last time writing to you! Remember Anne, David and Kimberly that I love you! I'll write soon! Bye x ...read more.

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