March 31, 1917
Dear Father, Mother & Arthur,
I just wanted to let you know that I`m doing well and the healthy meals you gave me Ma are truly coming in handy! The truth is that the battles here are tougher than I thought but this is what enlisting in to the army would have brought me. But there is some good news; I have been ranked as a Corporal. Also how is the entire family doing, Arthur, Uncle Nichols and the rest? Father, how have the crops been doing this season and is Arthur helping out? Hopefully the new techniques are working!
Since the day I have arrived in France, I with all the other soldiers have been fighting in trenches. You probably are wondering what are these so called trenches. Well trenches are long and narrow pathways dug into the muddy ground by the soldiers and they help us in order to give shelter from all the air raids, bombs and bullets. These trenches are strategically designed for all activities, with interlinking pathways. Since the weather only consists of rain, the mud has become unimaginably thick in the trenches; it has become incredibly difficult to complete simple tasks such as walking. Since all the soldiers have to live in the trenches the wet and thick mud has established its own disease called the trench foot; this is when the foot has a fungal infection. Each day the conditions are becoming worse in the trenches and now these trenches are infested with lice, flies and rats! Everyday each soldier is assigned specific jobs to do and because I am now the corporal I must keep an eye and aid the soldiers in the trenches. Sometimes, the other solders and I would play a game to see who can kill the most rats and the reward for the winner is a pack of cigarettes. However the lice and flies have become extremely irritating, so many of the soldiers have shaved their head and even their pubic hair. But some soldiers are isolated from the battle field in order for them to recover from the infections and diseases these...
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