World War One Diary Extract

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World War One Diary Extract 8th July 1914 War! Me and my mate Jeff are off to War! Some dude was killed, and the world has gone crazy. There is going to be a war! Me and Jeff signed up yesterday after reading in the Daily Mail that we need to join the British Army to kick German butt! Yeah! I say we are off to war but obviously we have to train first. You know, firing a rifle and that. Cor, guns are so cool. I know I am going to be the best. I can imagine it now, me going to Germany and shooting everyone who gets in my way as I run up to the German base and capturing it. I'll show those Germans a thing or two! I told my mum, but she was just scared. She doesn't want me to go; she says that I'm only 18 and that I'll die. I can look after myself. Only 18? I can do whatever I want! I'm not scared. 16th July 1914 Training is terrible! Yesterday we had to run laps in the pouring rain, wearing full kit, and carrying 80lbs of equipment. I'm in the group what dig trenches so I have to carry even MORE equipment. I ask you. I'm only 18 and all. It's not fair! Dozy Derek Dudds was late for parade, and when he finally turned up his boots were hideously muddy. It would have been OK, because Sergeant Shackleton didn't notice. But then Sergeant Wilkes turned up. Gosh was he angry! Derek is currently peeling potatoes for the whole battalion. As he will be doing for the next month or so. AND he has to run laps wearing double weights! It's all his own fault though. We haven't been allowed to fire any guns yet. The war could be near. I'm a little scared. 23rd July 1914 We started gun training two... ... middle of paper ... ...ird. We are told it is chicken but I can see the birds being fetched for the cooks. 10th November 1918 I realised today that I am the only surviving member of my old regiment. I am a sergeant. This title was officially given to me a few months ago, but I was only told today. While I was sniping today, I saw a white bird fly over from the German side of the trenches onto our side. Then a few minutes later, another bird flew from our side onto the German side. Could this be an omen of peace? 12th November 1918 Peace was called yesterday morning at 11 o'clock but we weren't told until 8 at night. I have been made into an officer, after another lieutenant died last night. I am going to sell my commission and move back in England. It has been ages since I heard from my mum. Finally the war is over!

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