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American soldiers who fought in the trenches of World War I were told they were going into a great adventure to fight for democracy. But new technology, from machine guns to poison gas, made this war more terrible than any previous war. The conditions in the trenches destroyed men’s clothes, food, and spirits. Eight and a half million soldiers and sailors died in the war, including 117,000 Americans. In this public radio story you hear from an American solider who recalls what it was like to fight in the trenches of World War I.
Story Length: 3:45
Lester Graham, distributed by PRX
AIR DATE: 11/07/2004