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Letters from the trenches in WW1

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September, 1914. It has been over one month since I have been fighting in this war and it is appalling. I have seen men with no arms or legs. Breathless bodies are all over the place. I miss my family so much. I hope Momma, Poppa, and Little Sarah are okay. Oh yeah, and my girlfriend Louise. She says that she is working in a factory now. I miss her so much. It is very chilly outside. My limbs are weak and it is painful to walk. The living conditions here are very poor. ...read more.


You can feel death in the air. Every single hour, someone I know is dead. This is truly not the experience I thought it would be. -Jeremiah Watts Christmas Day, 1914 It was Christmas yesterday! The events that took place yesterday seemed so unreal. It was unbelievable! When I awoke there were no rifles firing from the Germans and it was very quiet. I kept waiting for the Germans to secretly attack but there was nothing. I was hoping for the best because it was Christmas and I wanted to enjoy the holiday, however, I was expecting the worst. ...read more.


This last week was one of the worst experiences in my life. My best friend William was injured in a battle a few days ago. It all started when the Germans released a green poisonous gas. Not one but twice! It was dreadful! I saw some of my fellow soldiers lying on the ground breathless and there was nothing I could do about it. I saw hundreds of soldiers lying in a ditch, gasping for air. This green gas turned their buttons green and their bodies were “boursouflé”. I was very scared but I knew I had to be strong for my fellow soldiers, my country, my family and myself. We tried our best. We really did. Despite our efforts thousands of our soldiers died. - Jeremiah Watts ...read more.

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