How could these diaries be used in writing a history of World War I? What biases in the diarists’ perspective would you have to take into account when using these sources? How confident are you that these diaries represent the experiences of most soldiers?
Compare and contrast the three wartime diaries. Consider especially their observations on food and sleep, rain and mud, roads and transport, and combat and danger. Consider also their combat experiences and their views of the Germans. How do you explain the differences?