Many of those who fought in World War One wrote down their experiences, giving a sense of life as a soldier on the Western Front.
Their words offer an insight into the noise, terror, friendship and loss witnessed by many.
Luckily, one day, she left that filter blank without realizing it, and she found an additional profile of a man named Ben.
“I thought, ‘He seems like fun,’ so I sent him a coffee emoticon.” Later the same day, she received a reply from Ben, 26, saying, “I read your profile and not to be pompous, but I think I am the perfect guy for you.'” “How could you argue with that! She adds, “I feel like God played a part in my forgetting to fill in the height requirements, and He gave me a valuable lesson. Right and who God had picked for me were two different things.
Ofﬁcially trenches should be seven feet deep, though in practice in wet ground they were shallower, with piled sandbags making them appear deeper.
The Germans had adopted an offensive strategy against the Russians in the East in the hope of a speedy victory, and a more defensive policy on the Western Front.
By the end of the 19th century – especially after the invention of the machine gun – increasingly sophisticated trenches were the usual way of going to ground to avoid the lethal storms of shot and shell sweeping the battleﬁeld.
When the German advance across France was halted and ﬂung back in the early autumn of 1914, both sides reached for spade and pick.
It was a very great surprise and even a shock when you told me you loved me and I had not the slightest idea you were going to tell me so then.
Betty Sowerbutts did tell me at Penrhos that you were keen on me but I’m afraid at that time I didn’t think anything about you – when I left school I liked you just as I liked my other friends and it was not until after you were wounded last year and you came to our house a good deal for tennis that I liked you more than the others who came.
By the 17th century, with the development of musketry and artillery, “digging in” was the commonest method of avoiding enemy ﬁrepower, and trench lines were the standard way of conducting a siege.
The defensive lines of Torres Vedras, dug by the British in Portugal to deny Napoleon victory in the Peninsular War, were again used by the British in the siege of Sebastopol in the Crimea, and by both sides in the American Civil War.
The warring countries refused to create any official cease-fire, but on Christmas the soldiers in the trenches declared their own unofficial truce.