Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WORLD WAR I: LIFE IN THE TRENCHES

Discovered after 90 years: Diary complete with amazing paintings and drawings that bring to life the horror faced by Tommies in the WWI trenches



A fresh insight into life in the trenches in World War One has been discovered in a series of amazing sketches and drawings found in a soldier's diary hidden away for 90 years.

Lieutenant Kenneth Wootton's 120-page journal vividly brings to life the horror of major WWI battles, and even includes detailed ink drawings of tanks and battle movements.

Lt Wootton, who was awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, kept a diary from 1915 until 1917, when he was sent home to England after being injured in an explosion.


British Mark IV tanks plowing across No Man's Land

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1311867/Hero-soldier-Kenneth-Woottons-amazing-diary-drawings-WWI-horrors.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0zqC8AS2m

Lt Wootton even describes the Christmas truce between the British and German soldiers in December 1916 - where both sides stopped firing at each other to enjoy a festive dinner.


Christmas 1916: a British 'Tommy' staring out over the trenches without fear of being shot.


Lt Wootton; awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.


Read about it here.



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12 comments:

  1. Interesting, my grandfather was in an Italian Regiment in WWI and got hit by shrapnel from a landmine, and when I was little I remember some WWI veterans coming to my school and talking about the war and how important America was.....they are all gone now - that was the war to end all wars too.

    Interesting!

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  2. can you please send me some info on how trenches were made

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  3. I love the historical "world war one" artwork!

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