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Trench 24 Western Front France 04-11-1918 Dear John, How's mum? Are you taking care of her? Well the biscuits you sent me were just delicious, all my mates are asking for more, I love the notes you send me, they make me happy and help me forget about how difficult and horrible the war is. She must be having a hard time since you decided to join the army, as she already lost her husband me. I know you think its great, but to be honest it is not that amazing. I know what you feel like, you are probably bored of home, but trust me this is worse. Let me give you a little insight. Our day begins at 5am after 3 hours of sleep in a damp dugout with 5 of my mates. We always start and end a day with a Stand To which is when the front line soldiers are sent to the fire-step with their bayonets fixed, which is very heavy to their hands and proceed to shoot at the enemy, the Huns. We then get our breakfast, which consists of stale hard biscuits that we have to soak in coffee or tea to be edible, and if we are lucky, some jam and bread. Then we are sent to sit in the dugouts, trenches set back from the front line. Here we wait and wait, full of boredom, until there is some action, then when we start shooting. ...read more.


came up with a solution, there was a weapon called the artillery which is a large, heavy caliber mounted with field guns. It took us 12 men to work as the shells were extremely heavy. Shells caused a lot of havoc and damaged a lot of the enemies land. The krauts used the blimp, it was awful. They used to drop large bombs of hydrogen , and shot at us with machine guns, but once we got ready it was an easy shot for the artillery, and so our problem was solved. The same thing happened but with planes, they use to shoot at us and drop bombs. No mans land is the area were we fight; it is between the krauts and us. So many dead bodies lay there, being eaten by the rats and mice, it is disgusting. At night when the enemy cannot see us we go and collect all the dead bodies, fix the wire and anything wrong with our trench. The worst battle I went through is the battle of Somme; a catastrophic number of people died and were injured, it was an extremely bloody and violent attack. I remember it so well, it happened July all the way to November 1916. We were told by our officer that we had to go over the top, which meant that we had to cross no mans land, and if we did not do so then we would be shot by our own army. ...read more.


They are so fat and huge and produce so many offspring that all you can do is run. The good thing is that we had our separate dugouts, which were about 4 feet tall and 6 inches wide like the size of our living room back home. The war was not only bad, I do have to tell you the truth, and I guess there was some fun, like joining up with a bunch of your friends. We all take it in turns to sit in each of our dugouts; we tell each other stories and play cards. There is more, people look up to us like heroes which is a good feeling inside and sometimes we even get medals and everybody crowds around you, it makes you feel special and strong. But most of all it a more exciting life, it is quite boring at home, I must admit, but I just had to tell you war is not as good or bad as you think it is. It is a bit of both. John I am not trying to persuade you not to go to war, I am just telling you to think about it, it is a big descion that will change your life, and we do not even know when the war is going to end. If you are really, exited please wait until you are actually the age of 18. And remember tell mum to send me some more of those biscuits Thanks a bunch your letter made me happy. Send my love to mum and make sure she is ok. Lots of love Tommy ...read more.

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