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WW1 Westen Front

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WWI-The Western Front Section 1-1914 Letter To my beloved wife HAPPY BIRTHDAY! How's everyone at home? How's my dads shop doing and how's my precious son? I doesn't look like I'll be home for Christmas but hopefully I'll be home early next year. Jim dies this morning and I'm lucky I didn't get shot as well. Anyway it isn't that bad. The lads and I are having a great time. We just finished digging the trenches and we had a competition yesterday to see how many Jerri's we can kill and I won. I shot 38. We've got a pack of cards so that should keep us entertained for a while. Theirs a horrible smell coming in and hopefully it won't be here for long. Bob and Elvis have got a foot disease and the trenches are started to flood. It should be gone soon. The foods horrible but they promised us meat. Please send some tobacco. Love Louis 1916 Letter To my wife Sorry that I haven't written to you lately. Hope you're happier than me. I heard my dad's dead. ...read more.

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Some soldiers kicked footballs as they advanced and others were in drill formation. What actually happened? In reality the Germans were safe deep underground bunkers. They were unaffected by the bombardment which was extended by a day due to bad weather. Bombardment before the attack gave the Germans notice that the Brits were on the way. Mines caused some disruption but it set off 10 minutes early before the attacks. This also gave the Germans time to sort out their defences. The Brits walked across onto no mans land and were mauled down by German machine guns. The Brits kit was too heavy as it weighed 70lbs which is the size of a twelve year old. They were a massive amount of casualties. 57470 British men were wounded, 19270 British men were killed on the first day. The Germans had only lost 8000 men. This continued on for a month. A series of attacks failed to break the German line and the offensives were called off at the onset of winter. Some people hated General Haig for just throwing men away. ...read more.

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At first they were unarmed observation aircraft getting information on enemy troop's movements and being the eyes and ears for the artillery. In later years they carried either one or two forward firing machine guns on a single seated aircraft and if you shot down a lot of aircrafts people would say you're an ace. Both sides started using fighter squadrons to shoot down enemy aircraft and enemy observation balloons and assist in ground operations. Both sides also started using twin engine bombers to hit key enemy positions. Usually they had devastating effects. Bombs were first dropped out of the observer's cockpit since there were no bombsite and no bomb racks on the bottom side of the fuselage these came in later years. The only problem about flying these aircraft is that they were made of wood, you chocked on engine fumes and were exposed to the elements because you were in a open cockpit, also if you were shot down, there was no way to bail or jump out since the parachute was frowned upon it and it was also in the experimental stages in most countries. The aces were looked upon as national heroes such as Eddie Rickenbacker, Raoul Lufbery, Manfred Von Richtofen, Max Immelman, Albert Ball, Mick Mannock, Billy Bishop, Billy Barker and many more. ...read more.

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