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Trench Diary Assignment.

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5th August 1914 Dear Diary, I think I'll start by telling you a little bit about myself, I was born in 1889, in London. I was brought up in a middle class family. My mother would do the housework and I would help her in my free time. My father worked in a factory. As a teenager I loved to study and learn; my ambition was to become a teacher or a doctor. I'm now 25 years old, married and have two boys, Ryan and George. I work in my father's factory; I have been working there for a year and a half. My mates and I are quite serious about the news and the world around us, so it would be no great surprise that we know about the war that is occurring in Europe. They tell us that a Serbian student named Gavrilo Princip went into Austria-Hungary and murdered the heir to the Austrian crown; Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. After Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia, Russia who were allies of Serbia declared war on Austria-Hungary. Four days ago Germany declared war on Russia, due to the fact that Germany are allies of Austria-Hungary. There is great rivalry between Germany and France; the French still want reprisal on the Germans after they took parts of their land in a war in 1871. On the same day Germany declared war on France. ...read more.


Never before have I ever seen such madness, so many people's lives taken away. Seeing your relatives charging across No-man's land... and never coming back. People shooting themselves because it's far too much for them to take. It's nothing but the harsh reality of it all. Everyday you would wake up and see around three rats around you, you'd be greeted by the bangs of shells, the screams of men, and to make it worse you have flies and hundreds of lice all over the place. To me the worst part of all this has to be when winter comes by, you would soak in the rain and freeze when trying to sleep. You look around and see the same thing; men shivering and you could easily read through their minds 'Why did I come here?' In summer, work was not any easier yet it was a lot more pleasant than in the winter. The sun would slightly cheer some of us a little bit, but not much. One of the most frightening experiences was when I found someone's diary account on the floor in an empty trench. On the last page it read: '"It is utterly impossible to describe one's feelings during the hours of waiting for 'zero hour' - the mind is full of wild thoughts and fantasies etc which are utterly beyond control. Memories of friends and dear ones, places we have seen and known and different phases of life all seem to pass in review before ...read more.


November 29th 1918 Dear Diary, The war is finally over, we have won. I cannot believe that I am still alive; I've experienced so much over the past four years. I believe that the war was a huge blow to mankind. Every country lost thousands or millions of soldiers, yesterday it was reported that around 1,000,000 British soldiers died, around 1,500,000 French soldiers died and around 1,950,000 German soldiers died. Was it worth it? No way, some of those people, in fact most of them had done nothing wrong. Through the use of propaganda and immense pressure put on people, millions of lives were taken away. There will be memorials for the people who died; I found out yesterday that only one of my relatives is still alive. If I ever went back there I would feel that I'm on holy ground. That ground has been trod on by all those lovely lads who never came back. I would then remember this poem: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. I think it's marvelous, because that's just how it is. You imagine them as they were then - not as they would be now - young, and in their prime, and never grown old. � ...read more.

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