Trench Diary Assignment
5th August 1914
I think I'll start by telling you a little bit about myself, I was born in 1889, in London. I was brought up in a middle class family. My mother would do the housework and I would help her in my free time. My father worked in a factory. As a teenager I loved to study and learn; my ambition was to become a teacher or a doctor.
I'm now 25 years old, married and have two boys, Ryan and George. I work in my father's factory; I have been working there for a year and a half. My mates and I are quite serious about the news and the world around us, so it would be no great surprise that we know about the war that is occurring in Europe. They tell us that a Serbian student named Gavrilo Princip went into Austria-Hungary and murdered the heir to the Austrian crown; Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. After Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia, Russia who were allies of Serbia declared war on Austria-Hungary. Four days ago Germany declared war on Russia, due to the fact that Germany are allies of Austria-Hungary. There is great rivalry between Germany and France; the French still want reprisal on the Germans after they took parts of their land in a war in 1871. On the same day Germany declared war on France. At that time Britain were still quiet, that was until yesterday. It's reported that Britain had signed a treaty with Belgium, promising to help them if they were attacked. The Germans thought that they could outsmart the French, France expected Germany to attack from the border but instead they invaded Belgium so that they could attack France by surprise. An evil...