It is about 6 o’ clock in the morning, and we are in the rest trenches due to continuous firing from a rifle gun and a machine gun. It’s been going on for approximately four hours. There is a short silence and another splutter of about 20 rounds. I turn to my side while sitting in the trench and in doing so, I dislodge some dirt from the side of the trench which of course falls into my ear and mouth. I am going to take a nap, but, I will be fully dressed because the situation I am in demands for it.
I wake up to gun fire. Then I go to examine my rifle and see if my ammunition is okay. I think about being in charge of my platoon. I look up my orderly roster and find out who are the orderlies for the day. I should have done this last night,
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I had the pleasure of shooting an American the first night we were there. I have read in the papers that the Americans can’t use a rifle, but you have only to pop your head above the trench in the daytime and you soon get a bullet in it. They can shoot as well as we can. Our fellows are very excited just now. They have just brought five days letters and parcels in. I think everybody has got something. We all look forward to letters and parcels; it seems nice to hear from home. Darling this is top secret you must not tell anybody. This is what I think is happening. I don’t want you to think I am a traitor or anything because I’m not. I just think we’re all at fault. It involved all the world's great powers, which are assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies centered around the Triple Entente of Britain, France and Russia and the Central Powers originally centered around the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, are still being mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants are being killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility. It is the sixth deadliest conflict in world history, after paving the way for various political changes such as revolutions in the nations involved. Long-term causes of the war