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Life in the trenches

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Introduction

Life in the Trenches... I am writing to you at the dead of night. Life is even harder. I have no view of the outside world. Who knows, how long it's been. I think it is a year. Around Christmas. The last time I wrote to you was a long time ago. The reason being that we are so exhausted at the end of the day. After I got home and received my letters, I was sent to the training grounds to pass my physical tests and what not. It was very exiting for me at the time. I thought I could just eat sleep and fight. I thought it was a man's life. Now I am thinking about re-considering my decisions. Politics may be a game, but this is no friendly play. No child's affair. We are at the front of the war. There is no safety for us in front. All there is, is some barbed wire and then no man's land. We have faced many casualties. The reason I haven't been able to write is for the reason that people here do not accept the use of a diary. ...read more.

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How the mash potato melted in my mouth. She said she would be waiting with a Christmas dinner. She said that she would stay up for me. Only a mother can go through this. Now I realize that a Christmas dinner won't be possible for me. This just too much for me. I doubt that I will get home in time for Christmas. Even though everyone said I would be back, no one believes it now. Everyone knows how we are stuck in this place. We have been cheated out of our skins. Those days where I got shouted were the best. Yes, I had so many burdens on my shoulders, but then, at least I had clean water and fresh underwear! Those were the days. Maybe this is the only day I can rest and write to you under an oil lamp. This may be the last time for a very long time. This is probably because of the fact that, many of the times Sergeants won't allow me to waste my time on something that is so useless. ...read more.

Conclusion

By having trenches, we not only had the capability to make sure that we were safe, but we could also plan in secret rather than exposing ourselves. This was all for our safety. Most trenches varied on their durability because of their materials or the weather there. Conditions of the trenches were horrible and easily were some of the worst ever. They always had many dangers and always fell in a bad state. Since they were not durable, they always had a chance of being cut down and crumbling. Normally many trenches faced the worst of weather. It was a really big disaster. Life here was harder than just thinking about the war. It was so hard that people just died from lack of supplements, and fundamentals of life. Generals were not helping either. They just told us what to do, and let us get on with it. We never had the right to ask them why, or propose a better idea. They were the head of our platoon. It is said that they were treated better than ordinary soldiers as they had small 'dug-outs' in trenches where they would eat and sleep, better food was delivered and they might be more readily excused from front line duty if they were wounded or ill. ...read more.

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