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    created by: public:jd409 2018-08-03
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    My Question is: Do Letters sent home from soldiers abroad during War offer a better insight to conditions rather than other sources? I’m using letters sent home from from solders serving overseas during the First World War as my primary source material.

    The question I narrowed down to World War One, instead of Two just because of the availability of more sources. I thought it was an intriguing subject matter which led me onto my question. If an historian wanted to research the conditions of war in a World War One or what soldiers did in their leisure time, they would normally consult secondary sources written decades after the fact. Letters written home are a great primary source which are invaluable to a studying historian. They are usually filled with personal emotion, facts and information which is nearly impossible to find any other way.

    A simple way to answer the question about how letters sent home from soldiers provide a better insight into war than other sources would be to use letters themselves. Using the letter from William Johnson in Egypt (5), I would use this source in conjunction with the photograph (9) and another letter to a mum (3). This would be an introductory paragraph on how soldiers used letters as a means of communication throughout the War, and kept in touch with their loved ones usually mentioning their bill of health. At any opportune moment in the trenches, or on the ships or in hospital, the soldiers would put pen to paper and write home detailing their experiences and thoughts.

    My second paragraph would be my case study, which would be primarily centred around the collection of letters by Rupert Treganowan (2). As this is a huge source, the information too would be substantial and would need to be analysed in detail. I would try and centre it around a theme as to narrow down my research, possibly changing attitudes through experiences. I would spend some time explaining his letters and analyse his letters.

    In contradiction to the above paragraph, I would try and find some soldiers who disagreed with Treganowans point of view. Using “From the Trenches” collection of letters (11), paired with Bill Gammage’s thesis “The Broken Years” (7), I would challenge the previous paragraph’s argument to improve the quality of the analytical essay.

    Lastly, I would start to summarise my points with references from the Home Front. Using the article about Emotional Letters (4) and the book “Forever Yours” (12), I would put forward an argument of the side the soldiers were writing to: loved ones.

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