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posted 09 November 2021 21:42      Profile for Sydney   Email Sydney   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am a highschool student doing a large project on Trench Warfafe. I am in need of information, I was wondering if anyone could tell me of any good books or websites for information on this topic. I also would like some excerpts from soldier's diaries who were actually in the trenches, to use as examples of the daily life of these brave men. I would appreciate replys a great deal. Thank you! And any of your own personal comments or knowledge on Trench Warfare would be much appreciated as well.
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posted 09 November 2021 23:37      Profile for Michael Dorosh   Author's Homepage   Email Michael Dorosh   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If you read any book, read VIMY by Pierre Berton.

The best book is by Desmond Morton called "When Your Number is Up". It is a social history of life in the trenches.

The Canadian War Museum website has an interactive story that lets you make decisions while reading a story about a soldier in World War One; there are multiple endings depending on the choices you make.

Gallant Canadians by Dan Dancocks is also good as is Welcome to Flanders Fields, also by him.


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posted 10 November 2021 01:23      Profile for Sydney   Email Sydney   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thank you so much for you help Michael, it will help me a great deal in the completion of my project.
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posted 10 November 2021 10:09      Profile for bossi   Email bossi   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Depending on where you live, there might be a military or regimental museum nearby - with any luck, there might be some information or paraphenalia pertaining to trench warfare (e.g. some soldiers would whittle or make things out of shell casings).

In Toronto, the 48th Highlanders of Canada regimental museum is located on King Street, just West of University Avenue in the basement of the Regimental Church (just East of Roy Thomson Hall)

You might get some extra marks for seeking out additional information from these other sources (i.e. showing that you put in some extra effort and went the extra mile, as opposed to simply snorkelling the Net or visiting the library).

I completely agree with the recommendation you should read VIMY, and in my personal library I've got an excellent book in my own library specifically on trench warfare (but, I can't remember the exact title right now, even thought it's something like "Trench Warfare ..." - will have to look it out for you)

Good luck with your project, and we hope you get a good mark.

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posted 10 November 2021 10:19      Profile for bossi   Email bossi   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(darn! Don't you just hate it when you press "Enter", and then think of something else you wish you'd said ... ?)

You may already have heard of this link, but just in case you haven't...
My younger brother introduced me to "Ask Jeeves" - a really useful, general purpose Internet search/reference site: http://www.askjeeves.com/
(I did a search on "trench warfare", and a gazillion hits came up)

Also, it dawned on me you might be able to use a famous quote as part of your introduction (I routinely abuse and overuse quotes, and haven't flunked a history course yet ...), so here goes:

"My God, did we really send men to fight in that?"
(Lieutenant General Sir Launcelot Kiggell: On seeing the terrain and the mud after the battle of Passchendaele, 1917)

"War sank in to the lowest depths of beastliness and degeneration ... For years the armies had to eat, drink, sleep amidst their own putrefactions. Bit by bit the old campaigner's memories and young solder's dreams were engulfed in machinery and mud."
(Sir Ian Hamilton: The Soul and Body of an Army, vii, 1921)


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posted 10 November 2021 13:44      Profile for Andyboy   Email Andyboy   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Deaths Men: Soldiers of the Great War by Denis Winter
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Horne

Although from non-Canadian perspectives both are excellent books with very good descriptions of daily life, weapons, living conditions etc. Should give your report a well rounded (British, German, French) description.


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posted 10 November 2021 16:59      Profile for Bill Alexander   Email Bill Alexander   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sydney you are probably going to end up with too much info, but here is an excellent web site: http://www.westernfront.co.uk/
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posted 10 November 2021 19:05      Profile for Sydney   Email Sydney   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah! Thank you all so much! The information you have given me has been more helpful then you know!!
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