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The soldiers in the trenches of world war one, experienced comradeship, boredom and brutality

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World War 1 "The soldiers in the trenches of world war one, experienced comradeship, boredom and brutality" may be a true statement but it depends very much on the circumstances, and thoughts and actions of the soldiers. Comradeship is when a friendship is formed; it could be due to special circumstances, or a partner who you are united with in some way. Fighting a war unites people and some soldiers probably made life long friends in fighting the war. They had been through all hell together and that kind of thing tends to make a bond form between people. Boredom is when you have nothing to do and can't think of anything to occupy your mind. Well the soldiers had plenty to occupy their minds but boredom was inevitable in these situations, sitting underground for weeks on end waiting for the enemy to attack, maybe waiting for your death, must have been a horrible experience. ...read more.

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The next day the two sides would both be off killing the others comrades, but it made no difference. I'm sure that they all had one thing in common, both sides wanted the war to be over and to go back to their normal lives, not having to worry about who was on which side. And that's exactly what they did...for one day. Brutality is probably the one thing that springs to most people's minds when they think of war. Of killings and suffering, well there certainly is a lot of evidence to back up this assumption. Photos of trenches full of dead and wounded bodies are common in World war books. In the book World War by J.A Hammerton it shows pictures of dead men lying down with crosses lying on top of them ready to be buried and other (alive) men having to walk past them. In another book it compares the amount of people in a full Wembley stadium to the number of soldiers who were killed on the first day of the Somme. ...read more.

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Card playing and gambling probably helped pass the time. To some soldiers the rest may have come as a great relief from the fighting and not wanting to go into battle again and preferring to be alone they may have never been bored. Many wrote a diary of the days events to pass the time. Some of these diaries still survive today and show as evidence of not just the boredom in being a solider but they describe the brutality and comradeship the soldiers experienced. They talk about friends they have made and lost. Of punishments they received and of the long hours waiting underground for something to happen. Letters home also show how the soldiers missed their families and feared that they might never see them again. In general, with very little exceptions, the statement "The soldiers in the trenches of world war one, experienced comradeship, boredom and brutality" is a true one. And the evidence above proves it! ...read more.

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