How does Fraser describe the conditions of life in the trenches?

Before beginning this assignment, be sure to read the sections in the textbook         (Second Edition Traditions and Encounters/ Bentley, Ziegler, and Streets-Salter) on the World War I.

Step 1: Read the provided selections from the diary of Private Donald Fraser, a Canadian soldier fighting in World War I (Moodle).

Step 2: Write a 2-3 page essay on his experiences. Be sure to consider the following questions:

  1. How does Fraser describe the conditions of life in the trenches? What hardships and difficulties does he endure?

  2. How did the soldiers feel about what they were doing? What was their level of morale and enthusiasm? How did this change over time?

  3. How do you think these experiences would have transformed a soldier’s life and beliefs? (Fraser hints at this in several places, but never comes out and says it. You need to read between the lines and make your best guesses.)