Letter To A Soldier's Diary From A Letters From The Trenches

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A Letter from the Trenches Dear Mom and Dad, I miss you both so much and I think about you all the time. I hope you both are well. We arrived in Belgium a couple of days ago and I thought I was going to pass out from the smell. Many of the men were sick. To describe the smell would be an impossible task but with the dead bodies rotting in shallow graves and lying out in the open in no mans land, the smell of gunpowder, cigarette smoke, mud, and the gas that lingers for a few days after an attack might give you an idea of how bad it is. They say we will get used to the smell over time but it feels like it will never leave us at the moment. The smell also attracts rats and they are everywhere you look. Some of them are as big as Coda our cat. I shaved all my hair…show more content…
It is barbaric, awful and a terrible waste of human life. The rain is constantly flooding the trenches and turning the floor into mud, it is so bad that many of the men are getting open sores on their feet, they call it trench foot and they can hardly walk because of the pain. Life here is gruesome. Yesterday I saw my friend, Michael Phellps, die right in front of me because he had lost his gas mask and the enemy's gas was everywhere in the air. We couldn't do anything but watch him die, screaming for help. It broke my heart. He had been by my side ever since basic training. He was truly my best friend. Living in a trench is something I will never forget. The barbed wire that surrounds the trench, the dead bodies lying everywhere, the rats, flies, lice, the dreadful smell that never seems to go away, the small rations of food that is provided and the scared looks on our fellow soldiers when a gunshot is fired. I will end now and pray that this is not the last letter I will ever send to you. I love you both with all my heart, Your son,
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