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World War One Diary Essay

1655 words - 7 pages

Dairy one: How the war started.

I never knew this would have caused such a great war. It just so happened that the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie had been killed by a Serbian man named Princip, all this happened so quickly that now even I cant be sure what’s going on!

I believe it all started when Ferdinand died and Austria Hungary blames Serbia for the killing and decides to attack Serbia. Which also caused Russia to get involved since the Russians do have the contract and promised to protect the Serbians when they are under attack. On August, Germany, who supports Austria Hungary, hears about Russia’s declaration of war on Austria Hungary, so they demand war on Russia. Who ...view middle of the document...

So I took their advise, and signed up for the army, my mother and wife were worried and frightened when I told them my decision, I knew at once they didn’t want me to go, but supported me, they trusted me with my actions, even knowing there was a possibility that I might not be able to come back. Then they asked me why I was so eager, there was no answer to make them feel relived, so I told them everything and they understood what I was trying to tell them and agreed that maybe it was time to do something back for the country.

There were propaganda posters everywhere and different colors of posters meant different meanings; White posters played on people’s feelings to make them think that joining the army was the right thing to do; Black posters created hatred towards the Germans and its people. The words on the propagandas were very persuading, it mostly questioned me and made me think I had to make it to the army and people in the village gave me a lot of pressure, if I didn't join, they would’ve seen me as a coward and wont regard me as a man, its really important for me to keep my pride and dignity.

Diary three: Life in the trenches

The trenches, when we reached it, were full of mud and water, we tried to drain it, but found dead bodies in the bottom and the sides, and the smell was awful! Not only that, but there was also rats as big as cats and things with lots of legs? Many soldiers wanted to go home after realizing joining the army was way different than what they imagined. Most soldiers purposely shot a bullet through their legs so the generals would allow them to go home. Injuring oneself was very common here.

Some other soldiers in the hut took their shirts off at tea, they were catching lice, and most men were killing them between their nails. All we lived on was tea and dog biscuits, we barely got meat, but it was very disgusting and sick eating next to dead bodies and standing in a trench full of water.

But that wasn’t the worst, having trench feet was terrible, your feet would swell to two or three time their normal size and would go completely dead. You can stab your feet with a knife and not feel a thing. But if you were fortunate enough not to lose your feet then the swelling would go down. I’ve heard cries and screaming due to the pain caused. There was only one way to stop having ‘trench feet’ was to change their socks regularly, wear waterproof footwear or gumboots and cover their feet with whale oil.

Lice also caused trench fever, a painful disease that starts with a kind of severe pain followed by high fever. The only way to recover was to leave the trenches and wash everyday, but most of the soldiers died because of this sickness and recoveries usually toke 12 weeks. Half the men here are dying due to diseases. Not many are left for the battle, this is worst than what we imagined!

We slept on sandbags or on the ground, next to the wet...

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