Dear Maggie, It’s inevitable that this must be hard on you, considering you don’t support my decision to Join the war, but Ill have you know that this dreadful place has me missing you all that much more. The fact that you are trying to understand, while being a French Canadian, really shows what an Inspirational women you truly are. My passionate tie to Brutal persuaded me to Join the war, and there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to show my appreciation for our mother country.
Training camp in Vale Carrier was nothing I was prepared for. The British had high expectations or us Canadian Soldiers, expectations that we weren’t able to live up to while entering the training camp. None of us had much training or experience, this forced Britain to crack the whip and become very strict. Our training was very unusual and unexpected; we seemed to do a lot of aerobic-like exercises that took all of us by surprise. We have Just conquered Vim Ridge. This is the first battle that we have been able to act together.
It Is truly a defining moment for our country, we are finally able to rise from the shadows of Britain and realize the greatness we are capable of achieving. We were given a new Canadian Corps meander named Sir William Bang; he has done a miraculous Job helping us capture this difficult position by carefully planning and rehearsing the attack. Although there was nearly ten thousand men killed and wounded, it was worth is to capture the land where there is no such thing as a surprise attack. There is no way to describe to you what it’s like here.
I wake up from nightmares relieved that it’s over, until I finally realize that reality is much worse. There is no feeling insurmountable to those Vive faced. The only thing keeping me going is the thought of home. You’d expect the battle field to be where the real horror is, UT there is nothing comparable to the conditions in the trenches. The ground and walls are filled with mud which makes maneuvering a very difficult task. Whenever the trenches begin to collapse, they are filled with the bodies of fallen soldiers to help stable the walls.
Can you imagine that, using the dead bodies of your fellow soldiers as support to climb up trench walls? That Is Just the beginning, not only Is there dead bodies, and the smell of blood constant in the trenches, but the walls also carry various diseases and are clustered with rats. Sleep is almost non-existent, the hooting of machine guns never stops and the war continues day in and day out. Good food is rare, we are often fed canned beef, and hard biscuits that you had to let soak in water. I miss the warmth of our home, and the taste of your home cooked meals.
I miss sleeping in my own bed, and my safe and stable job, but most of all, I miss you. This war is nothing like the government perceived it to be. I expected appreciation from the British, and especially from the government back home, but that’s the last thing we were treated with. These unselfish, brave men are facing death, and a proper burial Isn’t even available to them. The memories from this war will never leave me, and the nightmares will be forever unavoidable. This war will have an everlasting negative effect on my life, and it is nowhere near the end.
When I’m not in battle, I can’t isn’t a second that goes by, that I don’t regret Joining this war. I always consider the idea that I might benefit from speaking to one of the other soldiers, but then I remember that each man faces a balance of disappoint of their own. I will forever regret my decision of leaving the both of you to spend my time here, but as long as I know I have you to come home to, I will never give quitting a thought. The new technology introduced into the war has made victories much more difficult.
The German’s introduced this new invention called Chlorine Gas during the Second Battle of Hypes either suffocating, choking, blinding, burning, or killing their enemies. The only way to avoid these gas attacks are to hold a towel covered in urine over your face. Large automobile type machines called tanks were also invented by the British during the Battle of Some. Also airplanes were introduced, first used only for scouting and targeting enemies, but later on used to drop bombs. Technological advances have increased the death and injury rates by thousands.
I can’t imagine what it must be like for everyone back home, there isn’t one person who hasn’t made a sacrifice, or devoted countless amounts of time and money to provide for us fighting overseas. I can’t even begin to express my appreciation for everyone’s hard work taking over our Jobs in the factories, while managing to maintain everything at home. Bring up our daughter to be Just like you, that way we are assured a successful child. Let her know I’m one of many who were prepared to do their duty at all costs, and having to pay the great sacrifice while my heart aches or the both of you, Just makes this Journey so much more difficult.
I love you, Forever and Always, -or Lilly: So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and Demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and Its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, Even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and Bow to none.