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Source 1 suggest life in the trenches were great, however source 2 and 3 tell a different story. Source 2 and 3 gives the impression of life being horrendous in the trenches. Source 1 is a postcard which promotes Golden Dawn cigarettes.

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Hemali 9a 2/12/09 Yr 9 History Assessment on The Great War. 1) The life of a soldier isolated from the normal world is complicated. Source 1 suggest life in the trenches were great, however source 2 and 3 tell a different story. Source 2 and 3 gives the impression of life being horrendous in the trenches. Source 1 is a postcard which promotes Golden Dawn cigarettes. It shows soldiers with happy faces, but in the real war this is not true. This postcard only shows one weapon, 'the rifle', in fact there were many more weapons such as using gas or even tanks. These to sources both agree on the sight and smell of the bodies. Source 2 mentions that hundreds and thousands of bodies were found and they did not only consist of the allies. Source 2 was similar to source 3, but source 3 says that there were animals decaying as well. This helps us to compare the sources and to find out which would be of more value to history of the war. ...read more.

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However this source is an auto biography and people are more likely to say good things about them. In source 2 we know instantly that it was a British soldier who wrote the auto biography because it says 'not merely ours but the Germans as well.' This proves that it wasn't a German soldier and thought the extract it mention digging through the Frenchmen bodies. Source 3 also gives evidence that the quotation might have been a French guy because it mentions 'At Verdun', and the French fought at Verdun. This source may not have been from one guy because it has many different quotes which could have been taken from another person. Source 2 is a secondary source but it contains contemporary elements. The historian is not involved so that would make him not biased and he has time to look at different points of view; but he was not a witness so that makes his information less useful. Source 3 could have been tampered with, the historian could have changed some parts of it. ...read more.

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It only shows one weapon and not any other like Gas and tanks. This source may be biased, so it is not trust worthy. I think the historian should study different sources and then come to a conclusion combining the sources together. 4) Although source 3 is not reliable to an historian it still is useful. It contains some information about soldiers and the trenches. The postcard shows the soldiers quite deep in the trenches, this tells us that the trenches were quite deep and wide. Also it gives a rough outline of a soldier's uniform, and on the picture you can just about see the soldier is carrying a bag, which is strapped around him; and in the bag there is a water bottle and some other stuff. It helps us know that soldiers were sending letters home because the soldier standing up is holding a letter in hid hand. It still shows one weapon the rifle. Lastly we can see the floor is rocky and pebbly; so it must have been hard to dig in through tough ground. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hemali 9a :) ...read more.

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