Letter From A World War I Soldier

1555 words - 6 pages

France, Eastern Front
July 31, 1914

Dearest Mother,
It's been three days since the Austrian-Hungarian empire launched an attack on Serbia . Now, we British soldiers are preparing for what is going to be the battle of Life and Death. My veins are pumping so much of excitement, and anxiety, but most importantly, of pride for the motherland Great Britain. You can hear the cries of the soldiers, "All hail, England!" Ah it feels good being a British soldier! Those damn Germans will pay for this and anyone who is standing in the way of the Allied Powers. I wish you were here to see this. It is very different from past wars we have discussed at home. We soldiers live in trenches. They are dug-out locations, about 6-8 ft deep where we rest or get prepared to head out towards the Western Front. I have to quite say they are quite disgusting. Rats the size of my arm roam around these holes. I guess now we are taking control of their territory. There are many parts of the trenches. The first part is where the soldiers are and they fire from here in case if any incoming enemies. The second trench, the cover trench, is in case the enemy passed the first one. It was more of a back-up trench, if you quite say. The third trench is where we rest when we are off-duty. It's not the cleanest or the nicest, but we try to make ourselves comfortable. The fourth trench has all our supplies: ammunition, food, you name it. In front of the first trench is barbed wire and in front of that is the infamous No Man's Land . It's a scary, rotten place where once you're in, you don't get out. But you know me, mama, I am a strong boy. I'm not scared of these things. Oh I forgot to mention! You know Andrew, the boy whose father owns the bakery we always go to? He's in my unit and he is a Colonel. He's a big boy I tell you. He saw me and we jumped with joy of seeing each other. I, on the other hand, am a private. The Towney Twins, Brett and Brandon, are in the war also. I don't understand why, considering there are both scrawny. They can't even hold the gun for Christ sake, what makes you think they can survive this war. Well I must be getting ready now. We are about to prepare for our first battle. These Germans don't know what hit them. And don't you worry, mama, I'll be home soon. This is going to be two easy. Give me 1 month and you'll see we will beat them.

France, Eastern Front
October 22, 1916

My Mother,

I was wrong. This wasn't going to finish soon. It is still a stalemate between the Allies and Central powers. I've never seen such machinery before. When we first attacked towards No Man's Land, we were mounted on horses. We thought we could attack them with no problem. But the Germans had these guns that spit bullets in less than a minute . Rapidly, the soldiers started falling down like flies, bullet holes spreading all over their bodies. It was horrid! My horse got shot down and I had to retreat back as fast as I could. I didn't remember what happened...

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